Adopt A Shelter Pet Day 2020 is on Thursday, April 30, 2020: Why don't more people adopt pets from the animal shelter?


Thursday, April 30, 2020 is Adopt A Shelter Pet Day 2020. The Shelter Pet Project Approximately 8 million pets enter shelters each year. Adopt.

Why don’t more people adopt pets from the animal shelter?

I have also adopted a cat from the animal shelter and she is the best cat ever. She was so affectionate at the shelter and although I was actually looking for my missing ca, and not to adopt anoter cat, I did ring the next day to find out if she had been adopted. To cut a long story short I adopted her and I am so happy I did. She doesn't know it but she was just hours away from death!

There are a few reasons why people buy from a pet shop instead of adopting from a pound or shelter:

1. They assume the animals at the shelter haven't had the proper care like the ones in the pets shop. they worry that they are wild or diseased when in fact both places make sure they have been checked and given the proper shots before being sold.

2. A lot of people actually don't know where the shelters are but pet shops are in major shopping centres and easier to get to. If I hadn't had my cat go missing I probably would never have known about pounds and shelters. I know know where my two local ones are and I would always adopt again.

3. Many people find the prices at the shelter too high. they expect to get them for next to nothing since they were going to be put down anyway.

4. Some people buy pets on impulse. They are shopping and walk past a window in a pet shop with a cute pet and they go in and buy it. You never 'happen' to be walking through a pound or shelter.

Thats all that I can think of at the moment...

where can i buy pets for a petshop in texas?

where can i buy pets for a petshop in texas?

Don't buy pets from pet shop, that's mean.

Adopt from a shelter.


Every year, between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters in the U.S. about half of these animals are killed because there are not enough homes for them. 50% of animals in shelters are turned in by there care takers. 3-4 Million animals are killed every year in shelters throughout the United States - that's half of the total number of animals that enter shelters each year.

Over 10 thousand animals are killed per day in the us. in the US there are too many pets and not enough good homes for them.

This problem is made worse by “factory-style” dog-breeding facilities known as puppy mills, that put profit above the welfare of animals. Most dogs raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions and receive little, if any, medical care.

most animals in need of a home, are well behaved, healthy, its no fault of the animal, their previous care-taker is unable to or doesnt want to care for the animal anymore.

The pet overpopulation problem is the result of several inter-related factors:

Reproduction by stray and feral (wild) cats and dogs

Intentional or unintentional breeding of pets by families

The breeding of animals for business: breeders and industries such as puppy mills and pet stores that sell pets for profit.


Adopt your next new friend from an animal shelter or rescue group instead of buying from a breeder or pet store. Before you choose to adopt a new pet, make sure that you are prepared to spend the time and effort that is required to properly take care of a cat or dog. Make sure you have and will have enough care supplies, includeing access to medical care for your animal if needed, and space needed, to humanely care for the pet for the rest of its life. consider factors such as other household pets, potential allergies to cats and dogs, and that everyone in your household agrees with the decision to adopt the new pet. Research different breeds to ensure you find one that's right for you and your family.

Don't support pet stores and breeders: These “pet-for-profit” industries only contribute to the pet overpopulation problem by breeding and selling more animals in addition to the millions already in need of homes. pet stores often buy their animals from the horrendous puppy mill industry, a business that is little more than an animal-producing factory. Puppies bred at puppy mills are often kept in terrible conditions and many suffer from serious health and behavioral problems that affect them long after they are adopted.

Taking care of your companion animals

Spay or neuter your cats and dogs: sterilize all of your over-populated types of animals. spay, tubial ligate, or essure females. neuter or vasectomize males.

Cats and dogs who have been spayed and neutered typically live longer, healthier lives than those who have not.

Don't breed your pets: Dont let female and male of overpopulated type have sex. Dont leave unfixed female and unfixed male of overpopulated type unattended with eachother.

Breeding your own cat or dog only adds to the pet overpopulation problem. While millions of cats and dogs in shelters across the US are waiting for homes, or worse, are killed due to overcrowding, it simply does not make sense to breed even more animals.

Would you feel comfortable adopting a dog or cat from a dirty pet shelter?

Would you feel comfortable adopting a dog or cat from a dirty pet shelter?

Coming from a shelter volunteer, the off limits areas are for your protection and the protection of the animals. For example, we have an area called "Observation" where dogs that are believed to have some sort of aggression problems have their behavior observed to evaluate whether or not they can be adopted. We also have an area called the "Animal Care Center" where puppies and kittens are kept for the first two weeks they are at the shelter to evaluate their health to make sure they are not infectious and would then contaminate the healthy puppies and kittens on the adoption floor. We also have a "Recovery" area for dogs that are being treated for heart worms, mange, spay/ neuter, etc. Lastly, we have different areas for for mothers that have just had puppies. These areas are usually quieter and therefore, less stressful for mom and puppies to grow up. None of the animals that are contained in these areas are available to be adopted and therefore do not need to be seen by the public.

Our building is over 100 years old. It's not our fault. We used to handle animal control for the city and the county but a new organization made a deal with the city to create a new shelter to cover animal control services for the city, therefore now we only serve the county. They have a brand new building and receive city funding while we receive little funding from the county. Yes, our building can seem disgusting to some. We have bugs and sometimes the kennels are not completely spotless but that does not mean that our animals are not taken care of by the staff and volunteers. We are understaffed. A shelter of our size should have around 45- 50 employees, we have about 10. The 10 kennel workers we have (if it's even that many) are tasked with cleaning the kennels and feeding and watering and medical care of 300 dogs and 200 cats AT ONE TIME. The staff LOVE these animals and NEVER complain about having to clean up after them and take care of them. The volunteers stay for HOURS after the shelter has actually closed to help the staff close up and do last call water rounds in all the kennels. During the winter, they stay late to pass out blankets to the dogs who have drafty kennels. Volunteers lie awake at night thinking about the dogs that have been in the shelter for years, the forgotten puppies that grew up and then just disappeared in the sea of the other 300 adult dogs that the shelter houses.

If you don't feel comfortable adopting from a certain shelter then don't adopt from them. When you do adopt, however the vet you pick your dog up from will give you a document of proof of what they did that day, including the vaccinations they received that day. If the dog is ready to go home directly from the shelter then the shelter will give you a that dog's vet records so your vet is able to start a file or the dog. Do I feel comfortable taking their word? Yes. I don't judge a book by it's cover. I have never come across a shelter that intentionally tells the adopter the dog has or will receive vaccinations and then does not follow through. That's unethical and can get them a bad reputation very quickly. If the dog does not come with shots then they will just tell you, they won't deceive you. Instead of judging a shelter based on the conditions the dogs live in, try judging based on the condition of the dogs themselves. If you walk through our shelter, you will never see a dog that looks malnourished and if there is one that is looking a bit thin they are on the extra feeding schedule to get them back in shape. You will NEVER see a dog or cat that has bald spots and you will never see an animal that looks like it has ear mites or even a runny nose. We may not have the best facilities, but I'll be damned if people are able to accuse us of not loving our animals enough and not providing them with the care they need.

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