Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Only 25% of pets in US homes are rescues.

Many of you know that I am a rescue and I've had such a great life and I think I've made my human mommy's life great too!  I'm all about rescuing dogs (especially MUTTS like me) and cats. Did you know that only 25% of pets in US homes are rescues?  That's according to Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the US. He also said that if we could get that percentage up to 45% euthanasia could virtually be eliminated!  Those of us who advocate rescuing pets, we've got a lot of continuing work to do. Those of you who are thinking about getting a dog or cat please please go to your local rescue(s) and check out the inventory out. 

Take a look at the Senior Pets because they offer unique advantages.
  • Already trained and disciplined
  • Housebroken
  • Leash trained (dogs) and litter box trained (cats)
  • Knows basic commands
  • Less likely to engage in destructive behaviors such as chewing, soiling, scratching, barking
  • More sedate and less erratic. Adult pets make a practical choice for the elderly and kids
  • Temperaments and personalities are established and known prior to adoption
  • Level of socialization, with people and other animals, is known before you adopt
  • Animal can be left alone for longer periods of time than a puppy or kitten
  • Unspoken gratitude for receiving a second chance at life
The Humane Society of the US states that there are 6-8 million dogs and cats relinquished to shelters each year!  At least half of those animals - up to 4 million a year - are killed, mostly due to the lack of anyone to adopt them.  Only 30% of dogs and between 2% - 5% of cats entering shelters are reclaimed by their owners. 75% of shelter dogs are mixed breed like ME!


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Benny and Lily said...

Wow, interesting
Benny & Lily

Jessica @ YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner.com said...

Wow! I had no idea that only 25% of pets are rescues. I thought most of them were....like closer to 80%. I wonder if those number take into account the "rescues" that people take directly from a friend, family member or stranger because their pets are no longer wanted? We rescued our Gretel last year and couldn't be happier!