“It’s that sad animal shelter commercial again, change the channel!” How many of you have said this before? I have. This used to be my initial reaction almost every time ads of animal adoption agencies came on TV. This is also probably the general reaction of most viewers when presented with such sad images. We all prefer to watch those funny videos of dogs standing on two legs or cats wearing silly outfits. And of course that’s fine; we all need a little entertainment from time to time. But knowing where these great companions of humans come from or where they may ultimately end up could surprise you.
Loving pets of all sizes and shapes are waiting in animal shelters, hoping to find a permanent home.
Shelter animals can make wonderful, life-long companions if only given the chance. Countless dogs and cats enter animal shelters each day. Some are rescues from abusive owners and some are strays; but a considerable number of them come from homes where they were once loved and cared for, but are no longer wanted. People often think shelters contain only the "rejects": pets who have a health or behavior problem. This is not true; shelters are filled with animals who would like nothing more than a chance at a happy life, and their own family to share it with.
According to the Unites States Humane Society, six to eight million dogs and cats are brought to animal shelters each year. From those roughly about half will be adopted. The less fortunate animals are to be put down at a rate of about one every eight seconds, due to overcrowded shelters. The digits reach much greater levels on a worldwide scale.
There are so many reasons for adopting from a shelter:
• Shelters have all types of pets: mixed breeds, purebreds, big and small pets ... pets are vet-checked and healthy, ready for their new homes.
• You save money. Shelter pets are far less expensive than those you would find at a pet store or a breeder. And make no mistake, there are...