No kill shelters are the better option. The vast majority can and should be adopted into loving homes. No kill shelters are a revolution. About two million cats and dogs are killed every year no kill shelters would help this number decrease. Shelters that don’t kill would attract more volunteers which would bring more them more attention. More attention would increase adoption. When shelters have a no kill policy it helps their image.
Imagine walking into an animal shelter, seeing the dogs and cats locked up behind bars wanting to be adopted. At an animal shelter, homeless animals are continuously looking for a home everywhere. An animal shelter in Ohio is CHA animal shelter, they are a nonprofit organization. They provide temporary care and shelter for cats and dogs and try their best to find them a loving home. Also, they provide surgery to spay or neuter the animal, and give the animal it’s required shots. Adding to, they provide an implanted microchip so the owner can track their animal if it is ever lost. CHA animal shelter has also provided a public website to view pictures of the cats and dogs and a brief background on the animal. They also have an option for donations for emergency situations, food, and supply, etc. The fact that they offer donations is remarkable because some individuals do not want to adopt a pet, but want to be apart of promoting adoption and give support to the organization. Not only does the organization try to make the pet’s life the best at the animal shelter, but CHA also hosts events to get people’s interest and gives the animals time out of the cage. I have adopted a dog from an animal shelter and it has been the best decision ever. Knowing I saved animals live brought more joy and love into my life, and nevertheless, he is the best little jack russel ever. Although I could have got a puppy from Petland, the choice of adopting a dog not only saved me money but also allowed me to save his life as well and improve his quality of life. An individual who adopts a pet is rescuing it from neglect and is giving that precise animal a second chance. In conclusion, I believe that CHA animal shelter is the best place to adopt a pet because it is less expensive than buying an animal from a pet store, it decreases puppy mills, and the individual can pick a dog or cat of any age.
Many animals throughout the world that go homeless, yet many more die in animal shelters because these facilities become overwhelmed. Humans buy animals from animal shelters and then return them within a matter of time, because they no longer want to take on the responsibility of taking care of them. Most animal shelters have a policy that if the workers can not find a home for the animals within 72 hours from the time they are brought in, they have to euthanize them, or “put them down” (Akita Rescue Mid Atlantic Coast 26-27). Unless the shelters have enough space, or the animal is a breed that a lot of people desire, the end result is to usually put down the animal. Every year, a total of nearly 7.6
An animal shelter is a place where stray, lost, abandoned, or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats and sometimes sick or wounded wildlife, are brought. Animal shelters are essential in the United States because of inattentive pet proprietorship and uncontrolled breeding of animals. People often get pets without a full understanding of the time, money, and space that they require. Regrettably, that recurrently results in pets being abandoned or abused by these owners. Apart from accountable breeders, owners should spay or neuter their pets to stop the serious overpopulation problem, which is happening in the United States. Shelters do not treat or stop the problem of unwanted pets but without them the stray pet population would be astronomical. There would be more problems with disease spread and an increased incidence of stray animal-induced injuries. A shelter should also be a domicile where animals could be benign and feel loved and taken care of; not just a drop off. The shelter in my community tries to do their best with their animals, but I feel that the shelter needs to be able to do their jobs better and for the animals to feel comfortable.
Say “animal” to any American, and there is a decent chance that the first image brought to mind will be a cat or a dog. Domesticated animals such as these permeate American culture, from the Puppy Bowl to the ongoing dog vs cat debate on Facebook posts and Internet forums. But although pets seem to be everywhere, millions of them every year slip through the cracks, winding up on the streets or vying for limited space in an animal shelter. This overpopulation makes animal homelessness in America a problem that needs to be addressed.
According to the ASPCA, “each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million [are] dogs).” One way in which people can prevent this number from being so high is to foster dogs and to take them out of the mills and shelters. About three years ago, I heard about a family who began to foster puppies through Fur Babies Rescue and Referral Inc. This is a volunteer run “small not for profit, no-kill rescue organization based out of foster homes in NY” (Fur Babies Rescue). The dogs brought to this rescue organization may be abandoned, sick, or may even be on death row, where they are then brought back into a healthy state and go into foster homes. The organization provides all items necessary for the foster dog at no cost to the foster parent: food, cages, beds, vaccinations, neutering, etc., as long as the foster parent provides the dog a home until it is adopted. While a foster family is taking in a puppy, there are some goals that the family should keep in mind. They include: allowing the puppy to socialize and be exposed to
Imagine being a dog that couldn’t get into the shelters because there wasn’t enough room and then freezing to death. Or, imagine if you did get into the shelters, but you got put down with euthanasia. Many dogs have this happen to them. For example, “Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized,” as stated in “Shelter Intake and Surrender,” from ASPCA. This shows that there are a lot of bad things that happen to animals at shelters for many different reasons.
Animal Shelters have been the source of many rescued domesticated animals. Receiving about 8-10 million animals a year, they are important in keeping stray and abandoned dogs and cats off the streets in order to give them a safe and loving new home. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 47% of dogs and 42% of cats are rehomed (ASPCA.org). However, what happens to the other 53-58% of those animals that were not given a new home? Well, many of the animals left will be in the shelter trying to gain the attention of a fitting new owner excited with the thought of adopting them. However, after many months, the shelters become overpopulated with the number of dogs and cats that enter the compound leaving the shelter no choice but to remove the older animals by way of euthanasia. Euthanizing these animals are a way to decrease the surplus population roaming the streets and in the shelters. Although euthanasia may be called for in some cases, such as old age or terminally ill animals, it is inhumane to euthanize perfectly healthy ones for the sake of “space” and controlled population sizes.
most dogs are not this but 1.6 million dogs are sheltered at the moment only , 620,000 are returned to their owner. Isn’t that the other half of the animals don’t get returned to their owner or don’t have one. Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats). About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 620,000 are dogs and only 90,000 are cats. See these dogs aren’t bad because they don’t have a family, it's because they haven’t had time to come close and know their owner/
Every dog is a responsibility, and it takes a kind hearted person to go through the process of adoption. Through shelters it’s about an hour process to adopt. They ask for your current pets (if there is any) vet, the phone number of the vet, every one who lives in the house phone number, so they can call and see if they are okay with having a new furry friend in the house. They give scenarios that could possibly happen with a new puppy in the house for example, what do you do if the puppy is digging in the yard? Or what do you do if the mailman comes to the door and the dog starts barking? The process is long but it is worth it. The shelters even off puppy training classes that’ll teach them household manners, which includes potty training, leash training so that they will be able to go on walks without having to wear a harness. You get so much out of adoption that you don’t get from pet stores that will not offer. With my new adoption I was offered classes for him. Puppy classes, intermediate, therapy dogs, than k9 classes.
While I was there I asked one of the workers that have daily contact with these animals about what she thought about puppy mills and what would be a way to avoid them and the specialty about adopting a dog/puppy from the shelter. When I was talking to the worker Kayla Kirkpatrick she told me that “adopting a puppy/dog from the shelter gives that animals a second chance in life” replied Kirkpatrick. I would strongly agree with that statement because when an animal gets a second chance to them that means being able to start a new life with people that they can actually trust. I asked her another question on what she thinks about puppy mills in response Kayla said that “they are an animal's number one nightmare, because they don't understand what's going and when the end is coming near, because it's so to hold on any longer.” After speaking to Ms.Kirkpatrick I realized now that after talking to kirpatrick that animals are just like people and desire better and that they are not just a profit or yard ornament. on Ms.Kirkpatrick's request and everybody she works with would love to see people adopting from the shelter than
Other than serious behavioral problems, such as aggression, the reason most dogs wind up in shelters is because their owners find out that they have just chosen the wrong dog for the way they live. Dogs have evolved with humans over the course of thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years, and as they shared our homes and lives, they have been bred to fill specific roles.
Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in America. Too many people are breeding their pets for a quick buck, but not realizing the effect that their actions play in the animal world. As breeders and puppy mills are mass producing purebred puppies/kittens for thousands of dollars, there sits an abandoned dog/cat in a shelter who costs much less. This drastic number of euthanized animals could be reduced if Americans spay/neuter their pets and consider rescue shelters over a high-end breeder.
Furthermore, it brings people together to bond with animals and each other, enhancing the community. Education and awareness can go a long way to solving most problems and dog rescue is no exception. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 7.6 million companion animals are admitted into shelters in the United States every year; 3.9 million are dogs, of which 1.2 million are euthanized and only 1.4 million are adopted (the numbers for cats are very similar). That works out to nearly a 35% adoption rate, 41% rate of euthanization, and 26% are strays returned to their homes. Two times the number of dogs come into shelters as strays as opposed to being surrendered by their owners. There are several reasons people surrender their dogs; per the American Humane Association, 29% are surrendered because people live in or move to homes that do not allow pets, while reasons such as a lack of adequate time to care for the animal, divorce and death, and behavior issues make up 10% apiece (with various other issues occupying the remainder). There are 70-80 million dogs owned in the United States which works out to around 37-47% of households; 28% of dogs come from breeders while 29% are adopted from shelters and most of those are through friends and acquaintances. Per the American Veterinary Medicine Association roughly 40% of pet owners find their pets by referrals from various sources. Around 13,600 independent animal shelters operate nationwide employing such monikers as “humane society” and “SPCA,” but those organizations are not affiliated with the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. Its impossible to determine the number of stray dogs every year, but statistically the average female has one litter (four to six puppies) each year of fertility. Many end up as strays; a lot of
In my opinion, this is a terrible issue. These animals are dying because of this with no fault of their own. If the overpopulation in shelters continues we will not have a place to put all of these animals except for in the ground. A shelter is supposed to be used as a safe place for lost, homeless pets, but it is being abused and turned into a trashcan due to the overpopulation. Some may argue that there are “no kill” shelters, and although that is true to some extent, it is not entirely true. The sad truth is that “in most cases even when a shelter calls themselves a ‘no-kill’ shelter it simply means they give the dogs they don't want to a shelter that IS a kill shelter” (Maguire). Overpopulation is costing animals their lives. Do you know what else overpopulation is costing? Us. It costs the United States taxpayers $2 billion a year “to impound, shelter, euthanize, and dispose of homeless animals” (“Animal Overpopulation”). These statistics are hard to take in, but they are very real and this is why I think something needs to change.