While many dog lovers will soon be watching pampered pooches strut their stuff on the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show stage, the ASPCA has this reminder: Dogs in shelters might not have a distinguished pedigree, but they are equally deserving of pomp and circumstance.
With time, patience, and the right tools and resources, every dog will eventually settle in. And there are few things as gratifying as knowing you are providing a bright future to a dog with a dark past.
You can help homeless dogs in a myriad of ways, the most obvious of which is by adopting one from your local shelter or rescue group. Foster families are often needed to care for dogs who are not doing well in a shelter environment.
October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and we found so many inspiring stories of adopted shelter dogs that have done amazing things -- from saving lives to detecting cancer -- that we decided to put together a collection of stories.