Save an Animal’s Life
Logan Robinson, Staff Writer
January 18, 2012
Filed under Opinion
Approximately 4,000,000 pets are euthanized every year. The reason is that there are too many animals for the approximately 3,500 animal shelters in the United States. Many of the cats and dogs in our local animal shelters are there because they were abandoned, abused, or dropped off by their own families.
About four million cats and dogs—one every eight seconds—are put down in U.S. each year, because there is not enough room in the shelters. Wouldn’t you love to be that one person to save that one animal’s life?
These animals need someone to really care for them and love them. YOU should adopt to save an animal and spare it’s life.
In America, over 12,000 dogs die from abuse every day, while about 1.6 million cats die every day from abuse. That’s 584 million deaths a year. These animals need your help. They need love from a responsible owner. They don’t need someone who leaves them starving and barely surviving in the backyard. They need a warm doggy bed by the fireplace or a little mouse toy to chase around the house, instead of being behind a barbed wire fence at the shelter or in a cage with nothing but the sound of a cat’s lonely meowing and a dog’s frantic, endless barking.
Many pets that end up in shelters once belonged to families, however when the family can no longer care for the pet, they simply release the pet into the wild or abandon it.
They do this with the expectation that the pet will be able to take care of itself or that it will be found and adopted. Only some of those lost pets get found and put into animal shelters, where they are desperate to be adopted.
Adopting an animal is a hard decision to make. If you have other pets in the house, you have to be especially careful. However, sometimes it’s good to try!
Take each dog that you are interested in to a quieter area, away from the masses, to evaluate his behavior. All family members, and other pets in the home, should meet the animal – even down to the smallest child. If the dog shows any fear or aggression to anyone, the adoption should NOT take place!
Again, these animals need your help. They are desperate for love, comfort, and happiness. YOU can save one of them. You will gain a new pal to go on walks with, someone that will always love you, in short–a loyal friend.