By Shelley Tibbetts
It’s the time of year to be frightened by ghosts, witches, vampires, haunted houses and hayrides. Or maybe you're secretly terrified the world could run out of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. One thing is for sure, these stats about truly scary things that are happening in the world everyday are definitely frightening — which is why we've enlisted some four-legged friends for support.
+ Up to 60% of shelter dogs never find a home.
In the anticipation of celebrating Halloween, don't forget that October is also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Adding a four-legged member to your family? These pups from the ASPCA need a home.
+ 1 out of 4 kids are bullied.
+ For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is an everyday reality.
Despite what many assume, hunger is an issue that affects the entire nation (including hard-working people and families in your community). Feeding America works to fight hunger and educate people about the root of the problem.
+ Over 60 million primary school-aged children do not have access to education.
Education can change the world. It has the power to lift 171 million people out of poverty. Shocked by the stats? You can make an impact by helping Room to Read send a girl to school, start a library or build a classroom.
+ As many as 25% of LGBTQ teens are rejected by their families & end up homeless.
Every teen deserves a safe and nurturing place to call home. The Ali Forney Center is dedicated to providing LGBTQ youth with safe housing and the resources they need to learn how to live independently as adults.
+ Nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred within the past twelve years.
Our planet is heating up. That talk about ice caps melting and saving the polar bears? It's pretty serious stuff. The Climate Reality Project, founded by former Vice President Al Gore is dedicated to creating conversations about global warming and how to solve it.
+ 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year.
While many young adults are diagnosed with the disease every year, they often feel alone. Stupid Cancer works to empower these young adults by providing them with the nation's largest support community of peers and age-appropriate resources.
Story by Shelley Tibbetts