Why is there such an overpopulation of pets?
According to The American Humane Association, each year, approximately 8 million stray and unwanted animals are taken in by shelters across the country. Tragically, about 3.7 million — nearly half — of these animals must be euthanized because good homes cannot be found for them. In fact, shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for both dogs and cats in the United States.
What are the causes of overpopulation?
Irresponsible breeding – 35% of pet owners still choose not to spay/neuter
Choosing not to adopt – Virtually all puppies sold at pets stores come from puppy mills, where dogs live miserably in tiny cages with little or no opportunity to exercise, play or socialize. Although there are many responsible breeders, there are far more irresponsible ones who are breeding for profit without regard for good health and temperament or the pet overpopulation problem.
Disposable pets – The continuous flow of animals into shelters across the country is not just made up of litters of puppies and kittens. In fact, most shelters receive a greater number of stray and owner-relinquished adult pets. The majority of stray pets arrive at shelters without any identification, and most are never reclaimed by their owners. Average owner reclaim rates for stray dogs are less than 50 percent and for cats they are less than 10 percent.
So Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets (TAHP) is what we are going to do about it. A coalition that will unite animal welfare groups for a common vision: every pet having a healthy happy home. This will be modeled after other successful collaborative endeavors like The New York Mayors Alliance and No More Homeless Pets in Utah.
The two main differences being we will not have the support of Maddies Fund as they are no longer giving community grant money. So we need YOUR help – Please consider volunteering or donating to make a difference!
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