Animal Shelter Appreciation Week 2019: What Our Friends Are Doing

In 1996, The Humane Society of the United States founded National Animal Shelter & Rescue Appreciation Week. This week is to help encourage people to learn more about their local shelters, what they are doing to help animals all over, and to help people learn how they can help too!

According to the HSUS, “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”. The workers and volunteers that make up these shelters & rescues deserve all the appreciation for the great work they are doing to find forever homes & care for as many animals as possible.

We wanted to take this time to show some appreciation to some of the amazing shelters that work with PetHub and to highlight some of the amazing programs and efforts they are doing.


  • Kitten Social Hour: fostered kittens visit with residents of an assisted living home.

  • Pet Food Bank: dog and cat food is distributed as needed and as available.

  • Monthly Pet Supplies Giveaway: we receive lots of used items we can’t use, ranging from collars and leashes to beds and kennels. These items are made available to the public once a month at no charge. People line up an hour before because the items go so quickly.

  • Shelter Cat Storytime: young readers read to sheltered cats while the cats hang out in strollers.

  • “Whisper Says” presentation: we teach K–6th graders how to understand dogs and treat them appropriately in order to avoid dog bites. My dog, Whisper, accompanies me to the schools


  • HOPE Express: This mobile pet adoption unit visits communities to find new homes for shelter pets. Helping Our Pets Everyday (HOPE) is the mission of this traveling vehicle and crew.

  • Kitten Cuddles: Tiny, orphaned newborn kittens need round-the-clock care to stay alive. We are recruiting foster parents to help care for and feed the very young kittens abandoned at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center.


  • Doggie Day Out: This program helps shelter dogs that might be experiencing stress in the shelter. It’s a great way to burn off energy, get more exposure to possible adopters and heck, who knows, you might make new friends while you’re out there! All you have to do is "borrow" one of our shelter dogs and go on an outing, maybe a quick run, perhaps a lunch date or even a sleepover!

  • Front Street Foster: Fostering an animal in need has rewards too numerous to list. Knowing you have helped save a live is often the best reward. Providing the TLC and time required to help an animal in need is a feeling like no other. Fostering is also a way to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment.


  • PAWS San Diego: This is a program of San Diego Humane Society, helps people keep their pets by providing essential pet services and support to pet families living with low incomes all over San Diego County.

  • Pet Assisted Therapy: This program is designed to share animals with people of all ages in care facilities, including convalescent homes, hospitals, mental health centers, juvenile detention centers, corporate offices and children's programs. Volunteers bring rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and dogs to visit people who aren’t able to experience the joys of pet ownership. Our program proudly serves over 20,000 clients each year.

  • Animal Adventure Camp: Games, crafts and hands-on animal activities help children develop respect and a positive attitude toward all living beings. We have spring, summer and mini camps throughout the school year that your child will love.

  • Volunteer With Your Pet: San Diego Humane Society has a canine volunteer program that helps educate children at our shelter and in the classroom, visits community members at outreach events and brings joy to those who are no longer able to own a pet through Pet-Assisted Therapy and Welcome Waggin' visits.