Cleaning up a dirty issue surrounding dog adoption

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, a time when dog adoption rates are historically low. To help clean out America’s shelters, two pet industry leaders, Wahl and Petfinder Foundation, are addressing a dirty issue about pet adoption, and in the process giving thousands of shelter dogs a fresh start.

“Grooming is important to the health of our pets, but it’s critical to the adoption of dogs who are abandoned to shelters and need new families,” said Karen Hollish, program marketing manager for Petfinder Foundation, “While there are many hurdles to dog adoption, one of the ongoing challenges rescue groups and shelters face is access to much-needed grooming supplies.”

According to a recent survey conducted by Petfinder Foundation, three out of four dogs entering pet shelters today are in need of grooming, but due to limited supplies and resources, only two of them will receive it. As for the impact of grooming on dog adoption, 73 percent of adopters start the process online, visiting websites such as Petfinder or their local animal rescue website to view profile photos of available dogs. Left unkempt, these dogs’ chances of making it rest on the hope that those looking to adopt can look past their dirty or shaggy exterior.

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In response, Wahl, a leading manufacturer of pet grooming products, and the Petfinder Foundation are helping 10,000 dogs get washed and ready for adoption this October. To do this, Wahl is donating approximately 1,000 bottles of its All-natural Pet Shampoo to shelters nationwide to help with the clean-up effort.

“We look forward to working with the Petfinder Foundation on such an important initiative,” said Shay Moeller, product manager for Wahl Clipper. “As a pet industry leader, it’s our responsibility to raise awareness of this issue and help our shelters give their animals the best possible chance of being adopted.”

Wahl also wants you, the readers and fans of The Dogington Post, to have fresh, clean, picture perfect pups!

Five lucky readers will win a 24oz bottle of Wahl`s new all-natural Oatmeal pet shampoo! Read on for information on how to enter!

That’s why they’re giving five lucky readers a bottle of their new specially formulated all-natural pet shampoo, free of harsh detergents and toxic chemicals, just for reading about their shelter dog initiative and leaving a comment below!

Walh’s new Oatmeal Formula Natural Pet Shampoo contains oatmeal, coconut, lime, aloe and lime verbena to soothe dry, itching, irritated skin and promote a healthy coat. To enter, simply share this article and tell us what you think of Wahl’s initiative to help shelter dogs with their line of natural shampoos!

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