Take The Pet Shelter Pledge For National Dog House Repair Month

It is a sad reality that only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will ever find a permanent home. In most cases, their owners will give them up, or they will be found homeless on the street. Tragically, less than 2% of those cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners, DoSomething.org reports.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, about 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats. And at least 2.7 million of those shelter animals will be killed because shelters are too full and caring homes can’t be found fast enough to meet up with the supply.

Only 15 to 20% of dogs that go missing are returned to their owners.

Only 15% to 20% of dogs that go missing are returned to their owners.

If you have just adopted a pet, or intend on bringing one into your family soon, there is no better time than July, National Dog House Repair Month, to show your pet how much you care by keeping them well sheltered.

July is National Dog House Repair Month, and a great time to show your pet how much you care.

July is National Dog House Repair Month, and a great time to show your pet how much you care.

Follow these tips to make sure your pet stays safe and comfortable year-round:

  1. Your dog’s outdoor house should provide adequate room for your dog to stand, turn about, and lie down with legs extended.
  2. The shelter must provide protection from inclement weather, both summer heat and winter cold, PetDoors reports. Consider building your dog house in a shady spot can cut down on excessive heat in hot weather, or adding ventilation that allows air to circulate in the summer months and can be closed up in the winter.
  3. There should always be fresh water available. Build in water and food dishes on the outside of the house so they don’t get knocked over, PositivelyWoof recommends.
  4. A good shelter needs a secure roof that doesn’t leak. The roof should extend eight-inches or more to keep rain or snow from blowing into the house during a storm. If the inside remains dry after spraying the roof with a garden hose, you’ve done a good job.
  5. Check the dog house regularly and clean out any bugs or other outdoor varmints that may have moved in.
  6. Repair or replace any chewed up areas on the house and make sure there are no loose nails protruding that could injure your dog.
There is no reason adoptable pets should go homeless!

There is no reason adoptable pets should go homeless!

Now that you have the knowledge to construct a proper pet shelter, Click below to sign the Pet Shelter Pledge, share your skills with others and put these steps into action!

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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