National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day - April 30th

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Did you know that April 30th is National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day? Well, it is! 

Each year National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day raises awareness for Animal Shelters and Animal Rescues that work with companion animals (pets).

Each year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide.

This means that shelters and rescues are always looking for help! You can help shelters and rescues by donating money, pet food, or pet supplies or by volunteering your time to help walk, clean, and care for all those furry friends. However, one of the best ways to support the important work of Animal Shelter and Rescues is by encouraging people looking for new pets to adopt not shop.

Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).

When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter or animal rescue, not only do you get a brand new friend, but you also help the shelter or rescue by providing the funds and space that allows them to save even more animals from dangerous and lonely lives without a home. 


At the library you can find lots of stories all about pets from Animal Shelters and Animal Rescues. Some are just fun stories, but others can help you learn a lot. Check out the lists below:

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Lucy Rescued written by Harriet Ziefert with paintings by Barroux

Norman, speak! by Caroline Adderson with pictures by Qin Leng

"Let's get a pup!", Said Kate by Bob Graham

Found Dogs by Erica Sirotich

The Grumpy Pets by Kristine A. Lombardi

Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog by Lisa Papp

Felipe and Claudette by Mark Teague

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale told in Haiku written by Lee Wardlaw and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Little Night Cat by Sonja Donawski

One Day at Wood Green Animal Shelter by Patricia Casey

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The Puppy Place & Kitty Corner by Ellen Miles {Series}

Hooper Finds a Family: A Hurricane Katrina Dog's Survival Tale by Jane Paley

The Animal Rescue Team by Sue Stauffacher with illustrations by Priscilla Lamont {Series}

Road Trip by Jim and Gary Paulsen

Shelter Pet Squad by Cynthia Lord {Series}

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

Vet Volunteers by Laurie Halse Anderson {Series}

A Boy Called Bat written by Elana K. Arnold with pictures by Charles Santoso

Pet Rescue Club by Catherine Hapka with illustrations by Dana Regan {Series}

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

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Rescue and Shelter Dogs by Alex Summers

Rescue and Shelter Cats by Alex Summers

Shelter Dogs by Meish Goldish

125 Pet Rescues by National Geographic Kids

Be An Expert! Pets by Erin Kelly

Little Kids First Big Book of Pets by Catherine D. Hughes

Unusual Pet Pals by Pat Jacobs

125 True Stories of Amazing Pets by National Geographic Kids

How I Care for My Pet by Jennifer Boothroyd

Everything Pets by James Spears


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Just about eleven years ago, I adopted my dog from an animal shelter. She was just a puppy then but now she's grown so much and she's my very best friend. Her name is Lexi (or Gremlin or Nugget or Pumpkin) and she's a Border Collie Mix! She loves car rides, dressing up, playing frisbee, and although her favorite food is chicken, she'll steal your pizza given the chance!

Think you and your family are ready to welcome a pet into your home? Want to donate funds/supplies or volunteer your time to a great cause? Make sure to check out some of our great local animal shelters and rescues:

Humane Society of North Central Florida 

Haile's Angels Pet Rescue

Faithful Friends Pet Rescue & Rehoming

Plenty of Pit Bulls 

Operation Catnip

Gainesville Rabbit Rescue


Sources: ASPCA, Shelter Animals Count, Pet Finder

Posted by LiselyL on April 30, 2021