Animal Awareness Month in August

July 25, 2018

CCF’s charitable focus in August is on our furred, finned, flying, and feathered friends during Animal Rescue and Shelter Awareness Month, with days like International Cat Day on Wednesday, August 8, recognizing the special bonds between humans and felines.

You can also observe these other animal-related events during the month: International Assistance Dog Week, August 5-11, honoring the devoted, hardworking dogs that are trained to help people mitigate disabilities; World Elephant Day, August 12; World Lizard Day, August 14; National Black Cat Appreciation Day, August 17; International Homeless Animals Day and National Honeybee Day, August 18; World Orangutan Day, August 19; National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, August 22; and National Dog Day, August 26. And don’t forget that every week in August is Shark Week, but International Whale Shark Day is August 30.

The ASPCA estimates that approximately 6.5 million animals enter shelters across the nation every year (just about even numbers between cats and dogs). Sadly, about 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized annually (although that figure is way down from 2.6 million in 2011); and approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (again, evenly split between dogs and cats). More than 700,000 animals leave shelters to return to their owners.

“Here at Carrington, our furry friends are just as much a part of our families as any other family member,” says Shelly Lawrence, CCF’s Executive Director of Community Relations. “We appreciate how much our Associates care about animal causes. Next to our Military causes, it’s the next most requested type of charity for CCF to support. The therapeutic and emotional support our animals give us is invaluable, so giving back to causes that help those who are looking for their forever home, or are sick, injured or fostered, is important to us.”

During 2017, CCF gave generously to animal charities affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Donations of $5,000 each went to the SPCA of Texas, Austin Pets Alive, Rescued Pets Movement (TX), First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FL), and the Jacksonville (FL) Humane Society.

If you volunteer with an animal shelter or rescue organization, or have any suggestions for events or initiatives we can implement to support our animal-oriented August charitable initiative, reach out to us at