One Adopted One Less Caged
One Adopted One Less Caged
by Pamela Tirado January 16, 2019
You know when I was younger I really didn’t think I could make a difference. I mean who am I? I was just one person but as I got older and maybe a little wiser I realized actually I can make a difference and even if that difference is only to me. I’ll know it and that’s ok.
When I adopted Joey, my real life pup, he changed my world and opened my eyes. Prior to Mr. Joey, I had only purchased AKC dogs through Registered Breeders. I love many specific breeds and I have no issues with reputable breeders that are out there. I know they love and care for their dogs as much as I love mine. Having said that, many of those AKC dogs end up back in shelters as the owners didn’t realize that cute 13 lb pup was going to end up a 130lb adult. I understand people fall in love with the puppy, but a reputable breeder will educate and screen to ensure prospective owners are well informed and educated about their specific breed, size as an adult, nutrition, exercise and temperament so that they DON'T end up in a shelter or worse, just abandoned. No bad dogs, just some bad breeders that put money over the right homes. And don’t get me started on the puppy mills. GRRRRR. Now that’s a different story and will require more control on my part. The abuse those poor animals are subjected to is horrible but the good news is there are good Samaritans and foundations out there that are trying to rescue as many dogs/cats as they can working in conjunction with local law enforcement and Animal Rights Groups.
As we start a new year just a reminder, consider adopting or rescue for your next “furever” companion. I know there is an adorable pet waiting for you right now. All you have to do is go find him or her. And if you can’t adopt or rescue consider donating your time or money.
Per statistics take directly from the ASPCA website, www.aspca.org of the approximately 6.5 million companion animals who enter shelters nationwide every year, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Each year, approximately 1.5 million animals are euthanize (670,00 dogs and 860,000 cats).*
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 48% are adopted and 20% are euthanized
- Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 50% are adopted and 27% are euthanized
- About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
* Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement. These are national estimates; the figures may vary from state to state. Which means it could be even worse!
Even one life saved can make a difference...One adopted one less caged.
Pam, Hannah & Joey