Animal rescue centers and shelters do wonderful work and they see some of the most amazing and most tragic things every day. Shelters are not ideal for animals, but at least it gives them a temporary home. Unfortunately, it may be their last home if they don’t get adopted. We would like to share some general facts about shelters to show what it is all about.
Many dogs in shelters are purebred. Yes, you read correctly. 25% of the dogs that are found in shelters are purebred. This means that the owners bought them from breeders and at some point decided it is not what they wanted or the dog grew too big or some other unacceptable excuse.
Millions of cats and dogs are neutered every year. There is a huge animal overpopulation problem across the world. In the US, between 3 and 4 million cats and dogs are killed every year because the shelters are full and people don’t adopt.
People don’t neuter or spay. The biggest contributor to overpopulation is irresponsible owners. These owners allow their pets to reproduce (knowingly or not) and worsen the problem. The right thing to do to ensure the safety of your pet and help the shelters is to spay and neuter your pets as soon as they are old enough.
Shelters don’t only rescue dogs and cats. At most shelters, you will be able to adopt cats, dogs, pigs, hamsters, guinea pigs, cows, reptiles, chickens, turtles, and more. People who abandon animals tend to not discriminate against species. All these different animals are waiting for their forever homes.
You will find the most unique animals. There is no better place to find a unique and loving animal to make part of your family. The remaining 75% of dogs and all the other animals are mixed breeds. If you are like us and don’t mind what type of breed we get, you must adopt from a shelter.
You can adopt adult animals. Most people want the cute kitten or puppy but they don’t want the costs and effort that go with that. If you are not prepared to give the babies what they need, don’t adopt one. Rather adopt and adult cat or dog that has calmed down and matured. They still need attention, walks, etc., but they will most likely be less destructive.
Shelters offer support. When you adopt from a shelter, the workers and volunteers will be able to help you find the perfect pet. They know all the animals very well and can match you up with your perfect furry friend.
Shelters do great work but it is the responsibility of the public to help them survive and solve the animal overpopulation problem. Millions of animals will continue to be killed every year if something doesn’t change soon. Shelter animals are so loyal and they are all very grateful when someone adopts them. They truly make the best companions because they have had such hard lives.