With an abundance of happy animal rescue tales spread across the internet, it's easy to overlook that there's a real animal crisis in the United States right now. Domesticated animals are highly euthanized populations, by the millions every single year- not including those used for food & clothing.
While it may seem daunting, we can create change for these animals! It all starts with education. Here's what you need to know about why the animal crisis exists, and how you can get involved in creating a more compassionate future for animals.
Many people become angry learning that their local shelter kills animals. Although it likely comes from a place of compassion, we must understand as a community that most shelters simply don’t have the resources to humanely care for the abundance of animals that come through their doors every year. They must operate within their means, and all too often they’re without the support they need- whether it's funding, space or staff & community resources.
SAVING ANIMALS IS A COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY.
Trying to build enough animal rescue organizations to keep up with the endless stream of homeless animals is like putting a bandage on a bullet wound. Each year, according to the ASPCA, 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide, while only 3.2 million are adopted. Although some are reclaimed, there are still millions of unwanted animals. Without facilities to humanely house and support these animals until their natural deaths, the result is euthanasia.
Why do animal shelters euthanize? Space, funding and resources- just to name a few.
It isn’t the shelter’s fault.
Saving animals is a community effort, and it’s only together that we can end the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats nationwide. Animal shelters can only succeed in saving lives if the community is willing to work together and step up to create change.
HOW CAN WE SAVE MORE ANIMALS?
SAY NO TO BREEDING
With millions of animals being euthanized every year, it’s absurd to think that anyone is still breeding dogs and cats- yet they are...in abundance. According to the Humane Society of the United States, over 2 million dogs alone are born and sold through licensed and non-licensed breeders nationwide each year. The question then becomes- what percentage of these animals end up in a shelter?
If you're set on a specific breed when looking to adopt, check shelters and rescues first! Many of these breeder dogs and cats end up in the shelter system- all breeds can be found in a rescue. You just have to look. I repeat...
All breeds can be found in a rescue. Opt to adopt, always!
SPAY/NEUTER NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY...NOT JUST FOR 'PETS'.
Those who care about animal rescue understand the importance of spaying and neutering your cats and dogs. There is, however, a large percentage of animals entering animal shelters that aren’t born from ‘pet’ dogs and cats- they're born as strays or in free-roaming communities. Saving lives means tackling sterilization of these free-roaming animals, too. Prevention is key!
Prevention is an important step in saving the most vulnerable animals, and you can help ensure that whether friendly or feral, animals get access to spay and neuter resources. Look up your local Trap, Neuter, Release groups, or Spay and Neuter Clinics to get started preventing lives that may later need saving!
Contact your local animal shelter or rescue groups for information on how to get started saving lives in your community!
FARM ANIMAL AWARENESS