A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than you love yourself.

Estimated number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year:

6-8 million (HSUS estimate)

Estimated number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year:

3-4 million (HSUS estimate)

Estimated number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year:

3-4 million (HSUS estimate)

Estimated number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year:

30 percent of dogs and 2-5 percent of cats entering shelters (HSUS estimate)

Estimated number of animal shelters in the United States:

3,500 (HSUS estimate)

Estimated percent of dogs in shelters who are purebred:

25 percent (HSUS estimate)

statistics provided by The National Council on Pet Population, Study and Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awful isn’t it.

Do you want to help?

It’s easier than you think.

If you have a couple of free hours a week or even month, you can volunteer at an area shelter. They have all kinds of odd jobs that they need help with.

Most of them have a list of volunteer opportunities on their websites.

Click here for a list of all Massachusetts Animal Shelters

A few ideas –

  • send in donations, most websites have a link for this
  • pick up a bag of dog/cat food on  your next trip through the grocery store and drop it off at the shelter. Call beforehand because most shelters use a specific brand. (its not good to change an animals food)
  • foster an animal. Sadly a lot of shelters are overpopulated, which leads to animals being  euthanized : (
  • Spread the word. Facebook is a powerful tool. Most shelters and animal organizations have a page. Follow them, share their links.
  • and if you are thinking of getting a pet, consider adoption first.

I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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