Fact: Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
Prospective pet adopters should adopt, not shop. Adopting pets from local animal rescues or humane societies are affordable and give companion pets a second chance at finding a forever home.
Not all of these animals have behavior problems. Some are reeling from physical abuse by previous owners; emotional trauma from being neglected; or just plain old (since the majority of adopters want pups, it seems).
Adopting both young and senior dogs and cats will improve the quality of life for both people and pets. Animals have a lot of love to give and can experience them with a new family.
On Saturday August 17, 2019, let's Clear the Shelters together. See the list of participating shelters across the country now.