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Adopt At Pet Rescues

Adopt At Pet Rescues

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. 

Clear the Shelters Event

Clear the Shelters Event

Clear the Shelters is a national movement that encourages perspective adopters to adopt pets from local animal shelters. By adopting pets, instead of purchasing them from pet stores, dogs and cats are given a second chance at finding a forever home. They are less at risk of euthanization, as well. 

Approximately 6.5 million animals are taken into animal shelters each year; with that being said, 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). 

Clear the Shelters is a national event that is held on August 18, 2018, offering free or discounted pet adoption to pet seekers. When pets are adopted from local animal shelters, everyone wins. 

Adopt from a humane society; and be a part of the movement. 

#CleartheShelters Event

#CleartheShelters Event

Animal Shelters across the nation are participating in the ultimate animal advocacy campaign to find furrever homes for dogs and cats in animal shelters.

On August 19, 2017, shelters in over 20 states will be lowering or dropping adoption rates for new pet owners. The event will only last for one full day. This year marks the second anniversary of the national pet event. 

In 2016, more than 53,000 pets were adopted across the nation, thanks to the campaign's attention. Every year, more than 7.6 million animals are placed in animal shelters and approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized because they are denied by future pet owners.

This Senior #Pets Month, asks that individuals consider adopting older dogs and cats. These animals need extra care; but they still have a lot of life left in them. They will require additional exercise, regular veterinarian visits, a strict nutritional diet, and extra patience as they process their surroundings and tend to lack hearing. But, they are potty-trained and are tame compared to puppies.

To find a participating humane society in your area, search the map on the official Clear the Shelters website.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #CleartheShelters.

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