First week in November is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States serve the estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who need refuge each year, and many more animals find themselves in need of the services provided by local rescue groups. For one week out of that year community members, animal lovers and grateful pet guardians come together to celebrate their local shelter. National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, first week in November, is the perfect time to recognize the organization in your community dedicated to animals.

Here are ways to show shelters you care this week and throughout the year.

Adopt a Best Friend. Animals make great companions, but having a pet is a big responsibility and it involves a lifelong commitment. Find out if you have what it takes to provide a safe and loving home and learn more about adopting from your local animal shelter. When you’re ready to adopt go to to find pets in your area or go to for our shelter animals.

Take a Tour. Never been inside an animal shelter? Arrangements can be made to provide you with a tour of the local shelter during public hours and see firsthand how things work Please call for an appointment.. If you’d like to become more involved, find out how you can become a volunteer.

Keep on Giving. Many animal shelters have donations programs. Donating to your local shelter is as simple as writing a check and dropping it in the mail or picking up an item on the shelter’s wish list during your next shopping trip. Friends of Mesquite Animal Shelter (FOMAS) helps pay for items not covered by the Mesquite Animal Shelter operational budget: extraordinary medical procedures, veterinary costs for animals transported to outside rescue groups, lifestyle and facility upgrades for shelter animals

Be Committed. Providing quality food, water and shelter is important, but it’s not the only thing involved in being a responsible and caring pet guardian. It’s also essential that your pet has current identification tags and is properly confined or supervised while outdoors. Keep your pet healthy and up-to-date on all vaccinations by visiting the veterinarian regularly and give your pet lots of love and attention.

Expect the Unexpected. Although not as likely in our area, local shelters are most often on the front lines during natural disasters such as hurricanes. Would you know what to do in the event of a flood, tornado or fire? Learn how to help animals in your community, including your own pet, whether it’s a disaster, an emergency or an accident.

Stay Alert. Your local animal shelter and animal control agency not only take in homeless animals, but also rescue injured, abused or neglected critters. Assist them by letting them know of any stray or injured animals in your neighborhood, or if you suspect animal cruelty in your community.

Do Your Part. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important things you can to reduce the number of homeless pets in your community. Its the law in Mesquite that any dog or cat over 6 months of age must be spayed or neutered.

Two Simple Words. The words “thank you” are powerful. But since animals can’t speak, it’s up to community members to let shelter workers and volunteers know just how much their commitment to animals is appreciated. Send a letter, card or e-mail to your local shelter and let them know you care.

Animal shelters and rescues are great places to find your next pet, but local shelters and rescues also do so much more. Not only do they give homeless pets a second chance, these organizations provide other services such as, reuniting lost pets with their families.

Many dogs and cats are given up because of allergies or a family not being able to bring the pet when they move – factors that are completely out of the pet’s control. These animals could all make great pets if given a second chance at a home.

The most obvious way to support local animal shelters is by adopting a pet from them


Featured dog Tillie


Tillie is a quiet, thoughtful girl who, once she gets to know you, will smooch and happily show you her tricks. She is looking for a caring and compassionate home that will help build her confidence and understand she is a bit shy when meeting new people.

“I am a sweet girl that enjoys being petted. I love to go on walks and be with people. I can be a little shy. All I need is someone who will give me time with them and let me, in my own time, adjust and gain back my confidence.”


Other available dogs


Toby Large high energy dog. Needs experienced owner. Will play fetch for hours


Featured cat Bella


Bella came to the shelter when her owner went into assisted living. She is adjusting well to all the changes in her life but is still quite shy. She has never been around other animals but is interested in the other cats in the cat room. She is micro-chipped. She loves being petted and will sit by your side to enjoy your company.


Other available cats


Samantha 13 months old. Loves attention plays with toys comes when called.

Pye- loves people and belly rubs. Enjoys wtching all the activity around her. Comes when called

Nitelite- Loves petting and attention. Very shy will hide under covers.

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