Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Animal Shelter Dogs Putting Best Paws Forward During 'Adopt a Shelter Dog Month'

/PRNewswire/ -- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Society promote October as "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month. Statistics state that 5-7 million pets wind up in 5000 shelters each year. Of those shelter pets, 3-4 million are euthanized. With the current economic downturn, more pets are in shelters because owners can no longer afford them.

In an effort to increase adoptions during "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month, Wag'n Tails is enlisting the support of their grooming van owners to groom as many shelter dogs as possible. They are providing free grooming services to animal shelters in October.

The goal is to give professional doggie "make-overs" by expert pet stylists at local shelters. "If we can increase the odds of a dog finding a loving home by giving it groom from a professional stylist then we are willing to do what we can," said Wag'n Tails President Dennis Gnetz.

"The statistics are just so appalling; we surveyed our van owners and most agreed that we should organize this effort. Our grooming van owners provide support like this already but they said we should try to maximize results," Gnetz added.

Wag'n Tails has added an incentive to the effort. The owner that grooms the most shelter pets in October will be awarded a 5 day vacation at a beautiful Caribbean destination resort courtesy of Wag'n Tails.

Wag'n Tails Founder Dina Perry will be grooming dogs in the Granger, Indiana area in October. "I have always supported shelters near my pet related businesses over the years and I'm excited to participate," Perry said.

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