It’s no secret how much I love animals! To me, they are unique and beautiful creatures, each with its own personality. Nothing warms my heart faster than reading or hearing about an animal who is happy, healthy and thriving. And nothing breaks my heart faster than learning about animals who are neglected, abused or alone.
I post a ton of stuff on my official Facebook page and encourage you to join the conversation there. I highlight adoptable Pets of the Week, tips and tricks for caring for your animals, and initiatives and reports about animals like big cats, elephants, sharks and more.
I also use this space to shed light on the plight of animals in captivity, such as fur farm animals, factory animals and circus animals. Sometimes, it won’t be easy reading. Sometimes, it’ll be horrible and gut-wrenching and graphic. But it will be necessary reading, because it will be the truth. And if that truth can help just one person view animals as living, breathing, feeling individuals instead of just things, then that’s really all that matters.
Everyday, I hope for the end to animal cruelty and that every animal can be a part of a loving home. I know we can get there someday. And for the sake of the millions of innocent souls, lets work together to make that day come soon.
It’s been a nearly life-long goal to one day open my own foundation to help the animals I care so much about. I’m so happy to announce that I am now currently in the planning stages of making this dream a reality. I can’t wait to update you on all the progress I’m making! In the meantime, contact your local shelter and check out the many ways you can help.
SHELTER ANIMAL FACTS
- Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
- Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
- Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
- About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats.
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
- Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
- About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
*Facts taken from the ASPCA.