Lend A Helping Paw For National Homeless Animals Day

Lend A Helping Paw For National Homeless Animals Day

Do your part to raise awareness of pet overpopulation on August 20th.

In every single city of every state across the country, there are homeless animals. Some of these animals reside in homeless shelters that are actively searching for a forever home for these loving pets, while others are living on our streets or in our backyards just hoping for someone to take them in.

While it is impossible to know just how many stray dogs and cats are without homes in the United States (estimates for cats alone is somewhere around 70 million), with 2,000 to 3,500 cats and dogs born every single hour, it is easy to understand why the number is so staggeringly high―especially when you compare this number to the 415 humans who are born every hour.

Luckily there are many animal shelters across the country who take these needy pets in every year to give them the care and love that they need before they find their way to their forever home. However, only 25 to 30 percent of the 15 million animals who end up in shelters are adopted or reclaimed by their owners, leaving many loving pets still without a place to call home.

Therefore, we here at Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets are helping to spread awareness about the overwhelming problem of pet overpopulation for National Homeless Animals Day on August 20th. We encourage pet lovers across the world to join us in sharing this message and spend this important day doing your part to help local animals find the loving family they are in search of.

The Problem of Pet Overpopulation in the United States

There are a number of different factors that contribute to the pet overpopulation problem in the United States, many of which people do not realize and they do themselves with their own pets.

For instance, many animals that end up in shelters are not the offspring of animals who are living on the streets. In fact, most are puppies and kittens of loved family pets and purebred animals. This is because many families do not want to spend the money to spay/neuter their pets, and then are unprepared to care for another animals when their own produce offspring. However, many people do not realize that the cost of spaying or neutering an animal is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for just one year.

Another reason why many animals end up in shelters is because they become lost from their owners and they do not have any tags or identification. This is especially common when people take their pets on vacation and they become lost in an area that is unfamiliar to them.

How You Can Help Homeless Pets

The problem of pet overpopulation can be significantly helped simply by taking a couple of simple steps in your day-to-day life.

  • Spay/Neuter your pets: The simplest, yet most effective thing that you can do as a pet owner to reduce the amount of homeless animals in the U.S. is to spay or neuter or own pet. This will ensure that they cannot produce any offspring that you will not be able to care for and will have to give up for adoption.
  • Donate or volunteer: Donating your time or money to an animal shelter is a great way to help with pet overpopulation, especially if you are not yet able to become a pet owner on your own. Your donations can help to providing funding to house and feed local sheltered animals, and by volunteering you could actually be the person to help place a pet in a forever home!
  • Adopt from an animal shelter: By choosing to adopt a pet from a shelter, you are not only saving an pet from a possibly horrible fate of euthanization, but you are also reducing the amount of homeless pets in the world.

Do your part to spread the word of how to reduce pet overpopulation on August 20th for National Homeless Animals Day! Taking just one day out of your year to donate your time and voice to homeless animals could make all the difference in the life of multiple pets across the country! Want more advice on how you can help? Contact Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets today!

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