According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates.
PAWS, a no-kill shelter in Belle Chasse, LA, is committed to assuring that each animal adopted finds a loving, life-long home. Before you choose to welcome a pet into your home, make sure you say yes to these…
- Are you willing to make a lifetime (12-18 year) commitment to caring and loving this animal?
- Are you financially prepared for expenses involved in pet ownership (emergencies, food, litter, shots, vet visits, shelter, grooming)? According to RaisingSpot.com, the yearly cost can start at $360 and rise to $2,520 or more.
- Does everyone in your household want and agree to adopt this pet?
- Puppies require a lot of time and special attention which can sometimes continue for more than two years. If you are adopting a puppy, are you committed to the time, training and consistency required to raise a healthy dog?
- Have you confirmed that nobody in your household is allergic to the kind of pet you are considering adopting?
- Is there any kind of circumstance that would cause you to give up your pet, return it to the shelter or abandon the pet to fend for itself?
- Are you preparing for a major life-changing event such as a move, marriage or new baby that would make the addition of a pet in the household too overwhelming?
- Is your home ready to accept a pet? For example: do you have a fenced yard? If you rent, do you have approval for a pet? Have you kitten or puppy-proofed your home so that all of your furniture, shoes, wall, etc. are ready for kitties and puppies that are teething?
- To assure your new pet is a good fit for your family and other pets already in the household, have you considered PAWS foster to adopt option?
Top 10 reasons pets are relinquished to shelters in the United States as sited by the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy.