Do you think Monday is August 1st?
It is, but it’s also DOGust!
If you’ve adopted animals from a shelter – and we hope you have! – you probably don't know much about their lives in the “before” time.
You probably don’t know their birthday, or even their birth year. That’s OK, the important thing is that you gave them a loving forever home.
But you can still celebrate their birthday! Dogust is celebrated on August 1st. It’s a day to celebrate the birthdays of all the shelter animals whose real birth dates we’ll never know.
It’s also a holiday to promote rescue, adoption, fostering, and spay/neuter! We appreciate everyone who’s doing these life-saving activities.
The problem is, recently, the number of animals killed in shelters has gone up, not down, even in the U.S.
We’re seeing a lot of messages about over-capacity shelters, along with pleas from burned-out, exhausted rescuers unable to keep up with the constant influx of new animals.
It shouldn’t be this way, a constant struggle, year after year, despite rescuers using every tool they have. And animals in other countries are suffering much more.
Surgical spay/neuter is a crucial part of the rescue and adoption process. It has prevented the suffering of countless animals. But it’s expensive. It can only reach a tiny fraction of the animals who need it.
It’s time for a long-term solution – a new, innovative approach! As you may know, at 600 Million Dogs, we’re working to develop the ideal alternative: permanent, safe, inexpensive birth-control food. A food that could be administered just once and prevent reproduction for the rest of an animal’s life.
The problem is, permanent birth-control food is still in the R&D stage, and big drug companies are not working on it.
As a small nonprofit, we’ve made progress by working at the grassroots level, with our dedicated scientists working part time. But we need more scientists, working full time, to finish the job sooner, and we need your help!
If you would like to support this work, please make a tax-deductible gift of any amount. It will make a tangible impact ... and the animals will be forever grateful.
Thank you for all you do for animals, and Happy Dogust!
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