The team here at Petnet are all pet lovers. We especially love our dogs and cats, but we’re fans of other pets like rabbits, goldfish, gerbils and even lizards! We also love to promote shelter adoptions for finding your new best friend, so April 30th is a special day to us. April 30th has been designated Adopt a Shelter Pet Day and many organizations and shelters across the country are holding special events to bring awareness to the plight of shelter animals and the benefits of adopting from your local shelter. They also promote awareness regarding the variety of pets available for adoption. And don’t believe the myth that you can’t find purebred dogs or puppies at the shelter – you can.
We’re happy to report that the number of dogs and cats entering shelters is declining year to year with about 6.5 million entering shelters in 2017. The ratio of dogs to cats is almost even with 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. The number of pets being euthanized after finding themselves in a shelter has declined dramatically over the last 7-8 years from a high of 2.6 million to around 1.5 million. That huge decline can be directly attributed to days such as April 30th where we focus our attention and promote awareness of shelter pets.
Of the 6.5 million entering shelters a number of them are returned to their families (about 800,000) a larger number find new homes (3.2 million) , which means there are still a large number of pets euthanized. We’re hoping someday that number can be zero! We’ve written several blog posts this past year including a list of reasons to adopt in our post Why You Should Adopt Your Next Pet. I don’t think anyone needs to be convinced that adoption is a good thing, but if you have any doubts, take a walk through your local shelter and just see the wide variety of dogs, cats and other pets available to you, just waiting to find their forever home. If you can’t get to your local shelter, but are interested in seeing what animals are available, there are plenty of online resources you can use to search for the perfect pet.
The Shelter Pet Project: a collaborative effort between the American Humane Society and Maddie’s Fund maintains a searchable database of available pets. Petfinder: The Petfinder.com website contains a searchable database of animals who need homes. It is also a directory of nearly 11,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
You can also join in the awareness campaign on April 30th (or any day) by using the hashtag #WhyIAdopt. to tell us about your personal pet adoption story.