Animal Welfare

 

Animals are wonderful beings that we are extremely blessed to have in our lives. Companion animals provide so many benefits that that even just the simplicity of a fish tank, can lower a person's blood pressure. Petting a cat or dog has been known to help arthritis, depression, provide companionship and a sense of responsibility. The list of benefits of having a furry, feathered or scaly best friend  goes on and on. Unfortunately not all people understand this concept so we  have millions of companion animals entering shelters each year, neglected, abused and forgotten. Educating the public about treating animals with care and compassion as well as the importance of spaying and neutering to prevent overpopulation is crucial.

 

 

The following are shocking statistics provided by the ASPCA. 

●      Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. 

●      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.

 


 

Products Purchased in this Section Currently Help:

- Heaths Haven: A special needs rescue for dogs with neurological issues, spinal injuries, paralysis, and mobility issues

- Paws and Stripes: A nonprofit​​​​​​​​​ organization providing service dogs​​​​​​​​​​ for wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through integrating service dog training and education with mental health support.

- Protect the manatee and it’s aquatic habitats to foster the recovery of the manatee population

- Reduces demand for elephant ivory

 

Please visit the Animals section of the website to view and discover these amazing organizations and products helping animals around the globe. 

 


References:

https://www.aspca.org/about-us/faq/pet-statistics