According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters all across the United States each year. Of those 6.5 million animals, approximately 1.5 million of them are euthanized, and less than half are adopted.
Some of those shelter animals have never experienced the comfort of a warm home or the love from a family. Others have been previously owned by a family, but surrendered to a shelter. According to the ASPCA’s National Rehoming Survey, pet problems are the most common reason that owners rehome their pet. These problems include problematic behaviors, health problems, or the pet grew larger than expected.
Every animal deserves a chance at a life filled with love and comfort. The goal is to change these statistics and increase the number of animals being adopted from shelters. Many people are still spending a lot of money and buying animals from breeders, while there are millions stuck in shelters who need our love, too.
Many people also prefer puppies and kittens rather than senior dogs and cats, but living out their final years in a shelter is very depressing for these elderly animals. There are many of “unwanted” senior dogs and cats who are desperately waiting for someone to give them a forever home.
By making animal shelters your first choice for finding your perfect companion, we could drastically reduce dog and cat overpopulation and save many lives! Adopting is very rewarding! If you’re thinking of adding a furry member to your family, visit your local shelter today to find your perfect match!
The video below, put together by RescueBox, shows many of these shelter dogs who are awaiting homes. Watch it and tell us how long it took before you wanted to adopt one; it took us .0001 seconds! #AdoptDontShop