Animal shelters around the U.S., even the open-access shelters that can’t refuse to take an animal, are steadily increasing their efforts to adopt out all the healthy dogs and cats. This is a really good direction. Animal welfare activists have been working steadily for decades to bring down the number of companion animals that lose their lives prematurely because there’s no space for them.
The number is down to about 4 – 5 million every year (don’t even ask what it was in the ’80s when the rescue movement really got going!), but that is still way too many healthy cats and dogs who don’t get a chance to really live.
June 11, “Just One Day,” is a day that many shelters that usually have to resort to killing dogs and cats to make space for more dogs and cats let them live. They show that change is happening. We are moving toward more humane practices that don’t produce more pets than can be housed with humans to take care of them.
YOU can help by taking your dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered at 4 months of age and by adopting pets at shelters.
We would love to share your stories about shelter and rescue pets. Please, share in the comments and support your local shelters’ efforts to adopt out cats and dogs!