Each year millions of dogs and cats are euthanized because not enough people are adopting them through local rescue groups and shelters. Many people buy dogs from pet stores instead, not aware that most come from puppy mills.
Learn more about puppy mills at the ASPCA click here
Along with all the wonderful benefits of owning an animal companion, much time and dedication is required in being a responsible pet owner. Some people can’t keep their pet for various reasons and are forced to leave them at a shelter, others simply abandon them. This cute little guy was brought to our local shelter after someone had found him wandering on the side of the road.
Can I come home with you?
- Local dog rescue organizations consist of volunteers who help by fostering dogs in their own homes while they search for permanent placement, taking dogs to adoption events, fundraising to cover medical and boarding costs to name a few. Most rescue groups do not have the luxury of employees or people dedicated to promoting their efforts on a large-scale.
- As their own resources permit, these groups work with local animal shelters in an effort to place adoptable dogs that are scheduled for euthanization. The sad fact is that many dogs die every day before they find a “forever home”. The commercials you see on television about neglect and abuse are very real. Consumers can literally save a dog’s life simply by choosing adoption over a pet store or breeder purchase.
Many cats are also waiting for a loving home.
These are a few we visited yesterday…
I’d like to encourage you to make a difference by:
- Adopting a companion: http://theshelterpetproject.org/
- Donating to a local animal rescue organization
- Fostering a dog or cat
- Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization
- Sharing this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!
“Nationwide, only about 20 percent of dogs in homes come from shelters—the rest come from other sources. It would only take a relatively small increase in the adoption rate along with a modest reduction in the birth rate to go a long way toward solving the problem of euthanizing healthy and treatable dogs in many communities.” ~Humane Society of the United States
Life of a Puppy Mill Dog.
See the list of other blogs participating here: http://www.dogrescuesuccess.com/2012/07/please-help-bloggers-unite-for-dog-rescue/