October is officially recognized as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is urging animal lovers everywhere to commemorate the occasion by doing their part to help raise awareness for homeless animals. The observation of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month brings attention to the plight of homeless pets and the unfortunate fact that only 20 to 30 percent of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescue groups.
“There are 3 to 4 million dogs living in shelters nationwide who would make a fantastic addition to anybody’s family; all they need is a second chance,” said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA Adoption Center. “During Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, the ASPCA encourages everyone to visit their local shelter, adopt one of these amazing animals, and/or help us spread the word to potential pet owners to make pet adoption their first option.”
No, shelter dogs aren’t “bad”. Many people shopping for pets have the misconception that animals in the shelter or pound have behavior problems. Some do, but the fact is that most shelter pets are victims of bad situations. People often leave their pets at the shelter because they are more responsibility than they wanted or they can’t afford their care. In other cases, the owner may have passed away and no other family members wanted to keep the pet. Unfortunately, these dogs and cats just fell into unlucky situations and deserve a second chance in a new, loving home.
Consider these shelter animal facts:
- 8-10 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year
- 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized by shelters each year
- 3-4 million dogs and cats are adopted from shelters each year
- There are approximately 5,000 animal shelters in the U.S. and many of them are at capacity
- 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred
Here’s why you should consider a mixed breed. Many dog breeds come with unique health issues that present themselves over time. Mixed breed dogs typically don’t have as many medical problems are purebreds. In general, they have less inherited genetic diseases, better health, and fewer vet bills.
If you’re ready to open your heart and home to an animal in need, please consider adopting a pet today. Check out this handy shelter database tool to find adoptable pets in your area. Search to find your new companion from a shelter instead of a breeder. There are so many adorable, adoptable animals waiting to meet you right now! They just need a loving owner and a safe, happy home.
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There are also many benefits to having a pet!
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