26 animals will enter a shelter today and 15 will be euthanized. It adds up FAST. 5-7 million enter shelters, and 3-4 million are euthanized every YEAR. Estimated by U.S ASPCA 2012. In the US, there are nearly 118 million households. 62% have a pet, 39% have a dog, 33% have a cat and of all pet owners, more than half say “pets have a positive impact on physical and emotional health.” Source: APPA & Packaged Facts 2011-12.
Researchers found that owning a pet prevents heart diseases, fights depression, and provides a sense of security among many other benefits. It also encourages feelings such as trust, empathy and bonding. This demonstrated that they actually help us LIVE LONGER.
One may argue preference on purebreds; however, 1 in 4 dogs sent to a shelter is a purebred. Great Danes, Collies, St. Bernard, German Shepard you name it.
Thanks to the recent developments in brain imaging technology, we are starting to get a better picture of what happens inside a dog’s brain. Scientists are actually studying the brains of dogs and what the studies shown is that not only dogs seem to love us back, they actually see us as their family. It turns out that dogs rely on humans more than they rely on their own kind in search for affection, protection and everything in between.
Adopting a pet will quickly become a part of you and your family. It is amazing the amount of love they can give and how loving they are. They deserve our affection back. “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” – Karen Davison.
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