Roper Celebrates National Adopt-A-Dog Month With ‘Cutest Dog’ Facebook Contest

Snap and Post a Pic of Your Canine Companion and Be Entered to Win $50 from Outward Hound 

Coloradans love their four-legged companions and, we’re no exception. Due to the growing number of doggie day care facilities, boutiques, 300 days of sun and endless hiking trails and mountain escapes, it’s no surprise that we enjoy pampering our pooches in the Centennial State.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) have deemed the month of October National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Adopt a Dog Month, respectively. While the names slightly differ, the goal is the same — National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Adopt a Dog Month are both about getting as many great dogs adopted as possible. And, while the month may be coming to a close, the unconditional love of a dog lasts a lifetime, with many deserving dogs needing to find their forever homes.

Having a dog not only provides companionship, but can also improve your overall mental and physical health as well. In fact, dogs keep us active and boost our moods and can also relieve stress and prevent heart disease. Dog owners have been found to have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and experience fewer heart attacks than those who don’t own a pet. Additionally, dogs provide security and protection and can help keep your home and family safe by deterring burglaries.

At Roper Insurance, we are big fans of our furry friends and are hosting a photo contest to honor our canine companions. Snap and post a picture to Roper Insurance’s Facebook page now through December Friday, December 14 to be entered to win our ‘Cutest Dog’ Contest, #RoperCutestDogContest. The post with the most licks – uh, we mean likes – will win ‘Top-Dog’ honors, be featured on our website and will receive $50 towards your next purchase at Denver-based company, Outward Hound, your one-stop-shop for gear, innovative products, toys and chew toys for your four-legged friend. Be sure to include the hashtag #RoperCutestDogContest in your post! Spread the word to friends and family!

So, get your dog camera ready, and in the meantime, here are a variety of ways to celebrate Adopt-A-Dog Month all year long:

ADOPT FROM A SHELTER OR RESCUE GROUP

When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you, your family and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.

SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR DOG

Have your dog spayed or neutered to prevent the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.

ID YOUR PET

By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Sadly, only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHELTER

Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference!

SHOW SOME LOVE

Nothing makes a dog feel more at home than creature-comforts, so why not outfit your dog and your home with in style with some cool gear and toys designed to welcome your new pooch! Got an aggressive chewer? A dog that eats too fast? Our friends at Outward Hound have got your covered with innovative products to solve these problems and help keep your dog safe and happy. With seven popular pet brands all under one ‘woof’, visit Outwardhound.com to check out the latest array of products from stylish collars, durable toys and delectable treats, sure to make any dog feel special!

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality – all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.

Contest rules: No purchase necessary. Contest begins Tuesday, October 30 and runs through Friday, December 14, at 5 p.m. Entries received after this date/time will not be considered. The post with the most ‘likes’ will be deemed the winner. All entries are subject to review and must be deemed appropriate. Roper Insurance reserves the right to disqualify or remove inappropriate content. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 18, by or before 5 p.m. and will receive a code to redeem their one time $50 off to be used at outwardhound.com. Discount to be used in its entirety at the time of purchase. Code expires on 1/31/19. All entrants understand and agree that photos and names will be used for marketing purposes.