Millions of pets end up in shelters each year due to:
- Divorce or breakup
- Death in the family
- Economic problems
- No I.D.
- Minor behavior problems
TRAGICALLY, 4 MILLION of these homeless pets are killed each year in America’s shelters. More than 9,000 pets per day or 6+ pets per minute are killed in shelters.
However, an estimated 90 percent of the animals that enter shelters are adoptable, or could be, with care and treatment. The problem is a big one, no question. Each year, millions of dogs and cats are killed or die in our nation’s shelters. But it doesn’t have to be that way. An estimated 17 million people will add a new pet to their families this year. If more of them would choose to adopt a pet, instead of buying one, we could reduce the number of animals killed in shelters significantly.
If you are considering a new pet, adopting makes sense for many reasons:
- You will save a life.
- If you adopt an adult pet, there’s a possibility you can avoid some of the hassles related to house-training and teething, which are associated with puppies and kittens. Of course, if you prefer a puppy or kitten, rescue groups and shelters have plenty of those available as well.
- You’ll save money because adoption costs less than buying an animal from a pet shop or breeder.
- Perfectly “perfect” animals of all breeds, shapes, ages and sizes are available at shelters and rescue groups. Just because an animal ends up there doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with them. They are just in need of a second chance.
- You just might meet your best friend.