November 6-12 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and if you’re looking for a way to show your appreciation for the approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States that serve an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who need refuge each year, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (with shelters in Boston, Dedham and Brewster) has suggestions as to how you can help on a very local level.
1. Adopt a pet. You can view a list of all the League’s available animals at www.arlboston.org (click “Adopt,” then “Animal Search” to search one of their three locations and to find animals by breed, size and more.) Or check out Patch’s Pet of the Week feature every Sunday morning.
2. Promote pet adoption. Even if you can’t adopt a pet yourself, you may know someone who could. For many or people living alone, owning a pet has helped lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduce cardiovascular disease, reduce feelings of stress and loneliness, all the while increasing a sense of responsibility and alertness, activity during the day and fun. The League has a special “Seniors for Seniors” reduced-fee adoption program for people over age 60 looking to adopt animals over one year old.