According the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 8-10 million cats and dogs entered shelters last year. Of these, 4-5 million were euthanized by shelters. And this number doesn’t even include the starving and abused animals roaming our streets.
One wonderful reason to adopt a homeless pet – TO SAVE A LIFE!
an article on HumaneSocietyAdoptions.com titled "Why Adopt"
of pets are put to sleep every day. Some of these pets are purebreds;
many are mixtures of various breeds. All of these pets deserve
a second chance with an individual or family in need of a loving
companion. Adopting such an animal is not only a good, cost-effective
way to bring a new friend into your home, it may very well save
the life of an innocent creature whose greatest desire is to find
a home and family of its own.
When you adopt
a pet you help an animal facility, animal rescue organization
or Humane Society fulfill its mission of saving homeless, unwanted
pets. Some of these pets originally belonged to people who weren't
ready for the responsibility of pet ownership. Other adoptable
pets arrived at a shelter because their owners couldn't keep them
any longer. Still others are strays that wandered away from an
often-neglectful home. All of them need owners with big hearts
and the right attitudes.
pet is a responsibility that requires you to carefully look at
your reasons for wanting to bring a pet into your life. Pets should
never be considered objects like furniture or similar belongings.
Pets are real, live, breathing, loving creatures that need to
be part of your family and not just part of the inventory. Pets
will require some of your time and attention everyday.
certainly other ways for you to obtain a pet. You could decide
you want an expensive purebred from a variety of breeder-types.
You could get a pet from someone who doesn't want it anymore.
But in these other choices you aren't giving the gift of life
to a homeless animal that very much needs to become your newest
around. There are endless choices of pet possibilities at your
local shelter or rescue organization. You can find the dog or
cat, kitten or puppy that fits right into your home and lifestyle.
Carefully decide what kind of pet you want and need. More than
likely that pet is here and has been patiently waiting for someone
just for you!
When you adopt
a pet from an area Humane Society, rescue organization or adoption
facility, you free up space for another homeless, abandoned, or
stray pets. Your actions, while they may seem small to you, are
part of the ultimate answer to the great and growing problem of
homeless animals in the United States.