Earlier this year, USA Today reported seven in 10 pet owners say they believe animal shelters should be allowed to euthanize animals only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted.
You can help eliminate euthanasia and suffering by fostering a dog or cat. Most cats and dogs crave human attention and interaction, and the longer they are incarcerated in a shelter, the more likely they are to get sick, depressed, stressed, anti-social and a collection of neuroses known as the kennel crazies.
In September, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released the results of a five-year study analyzing complaints from families who purchased puppies from pet stores or online. Between 2007 and 2011, consumers filed nearly 2,500 complaints with HSUS regarding significant health and temperament problems in puppies which presumably originated from puppy mills. Ninety-one percent of the HSUS complaints involved illnesses or congenital disorders that required veterinary care or shortened the life of the puppy. Sadly, 350 complaints concerned a puppy which died soon after purchase.