The Problem of Pet Overpopulation
How you can help us to eliminate pet overpopulation, and find forever homes for every dog and cat
Here at the Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets, we love all of our furry friends, and we know you do as well. Our mission is to make sure every cat and dog has a loving, healthy home, and we want to accomplish this by resolving the underlying problems that lead to pet overpopulation in Texas. We do everything we can to create social change and impact animal wellness on the largest scale possible. But we need your help. As much as organizations like ours can work to end this problem, in many ways it is up to individual owners to make the biggest difference. The two biggest reasons for pet overpopulation are:
1) Allowing cats and dogs to reproduce with little chance of finding homes for their offspring
2) Pets being given up by owners who no longer want or can take care of them.
Check out these sobering facts about pet overpopulation:
- Pet overpopulation is the leading killer of cats and dogs in our country.
- Approximately 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized every year in the US.
- Each week more than 150,000 animals will enter shelters, many of whom will face euthanasia.
- U.S. taxpayers spend up to $2 billion every year on services to collect, house, and destroy and dispose of these unwanted animals.
Hopefully these numbers will shed some light on the extreme problem we face each and every day while trying to save homeless pets. So, what can you as an individual do to help?
- Adopt a pet! If you think you are ready to handle the responsibility of having a pet in your home, head to your local shelter or rescue group and ask about adopting.
- Foster a pet. Fostering pets can be just as beneficial as adopting one. Your fostering a pet gives it an environment in which its personality, needs, and behaviors can be evaluated. This provides useful information to shelters, and opens up a spot for another animal to stay.
- Always spay and neuter your pets. There are already far too many animals for all of them to be placed in homes. Not spaying or neutering your animals is just adding to the problem.
- Always adopt your pets from a legitimate shelter or nonprofit rescue group.
- Consider the responsibilities of pet ownership before you adopt a cat or dog. Adopting a pet should not be an impulse decision. If you don’t think you can handle an animal in your home, then you aren’t doing a shelter any favors by adopting an animal you are not going to keep.
The problem of pet overpopulation is not going to go away overnight, but it can be eliminated with hard work and a lot of love. There are a myriad of other ways you can help your local shelters and rescue groups that don’t include adopting, so if you’d like more information, contact us today!
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