Life in animal shelter waiting for a home stresses dogs. Local animal shelters and rescues fill up with dogs. Annually in the U.S.A. millions of healthy young dogs suffer being put to death due to lack of home for them. That’s why, people who know say “Adopt, don’t shop” for your next dog.
ADOPT, DON’T SHOP
Know that 25% or more of dogs in animal shelters are purebred dogs?
That percentage has remained stable for about 30 years, check the Humane Society Website at www.humanesociety.org
Whether you want a mix, a mutt or a specific breed, your neighborhood shelter is a good place to start.
Dogs become homeless for many reasons. Dogs lose their families due to their people having to move or becoming unable to care for them. Dogs are surrendered, at times, due to their human family’s health challenges. Too often, dogs end up dumped in a strange place or left on an animal shelter’s doorstep, after closing time. Some dogs land in animal shelters because he or she was not a good fit for their human family.
“Five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.” www.ASPCA.org
Animal shelters help make good matches between dogs and families. Usually every member of the potential adoptive family needs to meet with a dog before an adoption can be finalized. If you have a dog, a cat or a rabbit, you will most likely need to bring them to the visiting room and meet the dog you want to adopt. This enables families to make a good choice for a pet that fits their active or relaxed life style. And this pre-adoption visit and screening assists families with children to find pets that do well with kids.
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