October Is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, So It’s Time to Find the Pup of Your Dreams!

Every October, we get to enjoy one of the best months of the year—Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! It’s the perfect time of year to consider bringing home a new furry family member from one of our ASPCA locations, or from your local shelter.

To help us celebrate, we are partnering with our friends at Cracker Jack® to shine a spotlight on some amazing pups who are looking for loving homes. When you adopt one of these dogs, you’ll have a companion for life!

Are you located in the North Carolina area?


This handsome guy isn’t related to Cracker Jack’s canine mascot, but he’s just as adorable! If you’re looking for an adventuring buddy, Bingo is the dog for you. He loves an active lifestyle, but he’s an expert couch potato when it’s time to relax. He gains confidence with a canine friend around, so if you already have a social dog at home, that would be a plus for Bingo! Visit his profile to learn more about him!


Oberon is a big, friendly guy who can’t wait to meet you! He gets along great with other dogs, especially those not intimidated by his size. If you give him lots of pets and affection, he will be certain to return that love to you in duplicate! If you’re ready to adopt this gentle giant, visit his profile to apply! 


Guinevere is our perfect princess and she’s ready to find a loving home! Don’t misjudge her by her size, she’s still a pretty agile pup! She loves playtime with her friends, followed by a good nap. Living with a confident dog sibling would also help boost her confidence in a new home. Check out her profile to learn more!

Is the perfect dog for you in Ohio?


This charming boy might be the perfect addition to your family! Slinky is a goofy, energetic dog who loves hanging out or playing with his people and canine friends. His favorite pastime is swimming, so be sure to get the pool ready next summer! If you’re looking for an adventuring partner, Slinky’s your guy! You can apply to adopt Slinky by visiting his profile.

Or maybe you’re looking to adopt in the Tri-State Area?


It’s no coincidence that you’ve found this dog’s profile—it’s Fate! Everyone who meets her falls madly in love, and you will too! Fate will always greet you with wiggles and a big smile. She would love a home in a quiet area, so she can become more comfortable in a new environment. If you’d like to give this wonderful pup a home, visit her profile and submit an application for Fate!


George is our very curious friend who would love to go on adventures with you! He’s also a social butterfly who loves to ask for belly rubs from new friends. George is very food motivated, which helps when working with him on his leash manners—he’s a strong guy, so continuing his training in the home is important! He’s an eager and quick learner, so we know he’ll shine with his new family. You can apply for George on his profile!


You’ll soon agree with us that this dog is quite a dandy! Dandelion is an energetic guy who would love to be adopted by someone with an active lifestyle. As they say, a tired boy is a happy boy! He’s very food motivated, and a steady routine is also very helpful for him, including regular enrichment and playtime. He can’t wait to go on adventures with you! Learn more about Dandelion by visiting his profile.

If you don’t live near one of these locations, but would like to still participate in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, there are many more wonderful pups to meet and fall in love with at your local shelter or through Animal Care Centers of NYC!

If this isn’t the right time for you to adopt, you can still make a big difference for animals in need by becoming a foster caregiver! You can foster for the ASPCA in Columbus, Ohio, Weaverville, North Carolina, New York City and Los Angeles (cat fosters only).

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