Whether we like it or not, the fact of the matter is that another summer season has come and gone. School is back in session, and in some regions of the country the first cool breezes of fall may already be blowing across the parks and playgrounds. Labor Day, that final fling of summer, is just around the corner, and everywhere shelter workers are preparing for that other, inescapable autumn event: the end of summertime adoption season.

With kids back in school and hectic fall schedules in full swing, it can be a trying time to add a furry family member to the mix. Thankfully, many shelters and rescues have come up with some clever events designed to keep adoption awareness front and center during the frenetic fall season. Here are just a few of our favorites from across the country:

While all the campaign ads for our human political candidates can sometimes get a little old, it’s hard to argue with the message of the Humane Society of Greater Daton’sPawlitics Without Politics” campaign.

In an effort to bring a little furry fun to the political season, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton decided hit the “campaign tail” to raise awareness about animal adoption. Their clever “demoCAT” versus “rePUPlican” campaign is a part of this year’s ASPCA $100K Challenge.

In other parts of the country, shelters are gearing up for other fall-themed adoption events. The Safe Cat Foundation in San Ramon, California is holding a “Labor of Love Adopt-a-thon,” while the Humane Society of Greater Rochester is gearing up for their 15th annual Barktober Fest. In addition to a 5-mile race and 1.5 mile nature walk, this fundraising festival includes dog competitions, vendor booths, kids activities, food, demonstrations, and more.

In Athens, Georgia, the Athens Area Humane Society is holding a multi-shelter “Fall in Love” event with loads of adoptable pets looking for new homes, carnival-style activities for kids, and plenty of delicious food for humans and dogs alike. And in Cottonwood, Arizona, the Verde Valle Humane Society is holding a Fall Color Cat Adoption Event with 50% off any autumn-colored cat (cats with yellow, orange, brown, and/or black colors in their fur).

Clearly, fall is a fabulous time to adopt, so spread the word! You can help by adopting (of course), donating locally, or volunteering to help your local shelter plan an awesome, autumn adoption event!

Does your local animal rescue organization already have a great fall-themed adoption or fundraising event you want to share? Tell us about it on Facebook!