Every year 3.7 million animals are killed in America’s animal shelters according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). That equates to 8,219 every 24 hours or 342 pets an hour. How to put these numbers in perspective? Well, if a pet could be compared to an egg (they cannot, nor ever can be,) think about frying 29 DOZEN cartons of eggs every hour, or frying 685 cartons of a dozen eggs in your kitchen in a 24-hour period. Wow!
Couldn’t they be adopted?
Most of these animals were healthy or treatable, if they had health issues. These pets could have been adopted. Maybe you’re thinking there are just too many to adopt. It’s been estimated 17 million folks are looking to expand their family with a pet, in the US, at any given time.
A shelter is a shelter, right?
There is a difference between animal shelters. Some shelters have higher kill rates than others. Certain shelters, called No Kill, do not euthanize pets, ever, unless they are gravely ill (without chance for recovery) or have extreme aggression and can’t be rehabilitated.
Animal shelters and rescue groups house, feed, give medical attention and sometimes spay or neuter pets in their care. These are basics. Some shelters also provide treats, toys, and play time with volunteers. All this loving care costs money. Countless times adopting a pet from these shelters or groups mean you gain a new friend for very little cost, but the shelter or group runs at a budget deficit. They need help, continually.
Benefits for you and your pet
In addition to providing for the needs of cats, dogs and other small animals, some shelters understand a happy pet is a pet that stays in their own home. Helping you achieve that goal is another service some shelters offer. Programs, called pet retention or pet retaining programs, are varied and range from help with behavior issues (litter box problems etc.), to help with food, temporary sheltering and medical needs.
How you can help animal shelter and rescue organizations take care of the animals we all love:
- Every time you adopt a pet, donate extra for that shelter or group
- Help sponsor a specific need (a van for transport, building addition etc.) a shelter might request
- Donate to shelters and rescues monthly to help their operating budgets
- Buy PetKeeper Secrets Odor & Stain Remover (each time you purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes to help that shelter or rescue group). Just choose which organization when checking out.