It's the first week of November and The Humane Society of the United States celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. This is a time that's set aside to spotlight animal shelters the people who support the efforts of the shelters, keep pets healthy and ready for adoption.

According to The Humane Society of the United States, this is a perfect time for you and your family to become acquainted with the local animal shelter and to help homeless cats and dogs.
Things you can do include, volunteer your time for helping animals at the shelter. Donate supplies because shelters are often in need of towels, toys, food and other items. Check with your local shelter first to find out what they need here.
You can become a supporter of your local shelter on Facebook.
Adopt your next pet from a shelter.
There are approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States, available to serve the estimated 6–8 million homeless animals that seek refuge each year, but only about half are adopted. While 63 percent of American households include pets, fewer than 20 percent of them were adopted from shelters.

Source: www-tc.pbs.org