Adoption of Animals Essay

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Adoption of Animals

Anyone, who visits an animal shelter, as I do, sees an extraordinary number of beautiful, affectionate, and desperate dogs and cats. The majority of animals in any particular shelter are dogs, usually adults, for whom there aren't enough adoptive homes waiting. A few may have come from responsible breeders, whose owners do not realize that the breeder will take them back,many are those who are lost, and/or from owners who simply got tired of them. Some are pet shop puppies from a puppy mill that did not meet the owner's expectations due to health, temperament, or other reasons. A large number usually turn out to be the result of deliberate and irresponsible home breeding. These people are known as "back-yard
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Unfortunately, breeders, pet stores, and many ordinary individuals do not realize that their choice not to spay or neuter their animal is causing millions of animals to be euthanized every year in the United States.Shermerhorn notes that only one in six shelter animals will find a new home (4).

Any consciencious person knows that you do not have to look far to find advertisements for free puppies or kittens,especially in the lower socio-economic areas. Many people decide to have dogs so that they can breed them in order to make a few dollars, fight them, or show their children the "miracle" of birth. It is frightening to imagine that the millions of unwanted animals roaming the streets and occupying shelters are the result of human ignorance, selfishness, and irresponsibility. What is more devastating is that the children of such individuals will continue the same vicious cycle.

Pet rescue organizations continue to do a lot in helping to place existing unwanted, abandoned, and mistreated animals into good homes, however not much is being done to prevent pet overpopulation. Simply venting my frustrations to fellow animal lovers only made me increasingly bitter and resentful of the many adults who should know better.All adults have a responsibility to their children and the community around them, regardless of whether they like it
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