To inform my audience about their ability to help stray and abandoned animals find a new life.
ASPCA.org says that approximately 5 to 7 million animals enter the shelters nationwide every year. 3 to 4 million of those are euthanized.
Private citizens can help animals rehabilitate from being strays, and find new homes.
So far in my life I have adopted 5 strays from shelters, and found new homes for 11 more.
No formal statistics for the animal protection movement.
Three major programs in U.S.
5,000 independent animal shelters.
Transition: Now that we have talked about the shelters, I'm going to tell you about the animals.
Breeds of dogs
A. AKC only non-profit registry of purebreed dog's in the U.S.A.
B. Animalshelter.org lists the top 10 breeds of 2010 (slide)
C. Mix-breeds or mutts are a combiation of two or more of breeds of dog
Transition: Whether you care about pedigree or not, a shelter has what you are looking for.
Dogs from shelters are a sure thing.
A. Happyhealthydogs.com states that adopted pets from a shelter have been seen by a vet and usually given a clean bill of health.
B. Most shelter dogs have background paperwork, some include pedigree that the AKC declined registration on.
C. The National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy (NCPPSP) 25% of dogs that enter the shelter are purebred.
Transition: Now that you know that all types of dogs are available at shelters, I want to tell you about the other benefits of shelter dogs.
A. If you purchase a pedigreed AKC Labrador Retriever from pet store or breeder, you can expect to pay upward of $300 for your puppy. Add the cost of neutering and vaccinations. You are well over $500 in initial costs. In fact, you may be closer to $1000. Yet Dogsonly.org lists most adoption fees between...