Did you know that every year, of the 8 million dogs and cats that enter animal shelters, 3 million of these healthy and treatable pets are euthanized? It is such a sad statistic, you can read even more about the shelter pet statistics and why you should adopt a shelter dog here.
Luckily, The Shelter Pet Project hopes to change this! This new campaign, sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council, hopes to reverse this trend and find homes for these homeless, lovable pets.
The campaign has one unified goal, to increase pet adoption. They hope to reach the 17 million people who plan on getting a new pet this year, letting them know that shelters are the first and best place to find animal companions. The Shelter Pet Project has an awesome website with some great pet adoption resources, and you can easily search for your new best friend on The Shelter Pet Project homepage..
Here is one of the great PSAs that The Shelter Pet Project has out. You might even recognize the star of the video, Instagram famous rescue pup, Toast. Be sure to spread the word to all your friends, and let’s help make adoption the first option!
How can you help? Share this video with your friends. Like your local shelter or humane society on Facebook and share the adoptable pets they post. And of course, when you are looking for your own pet, please check shelters first!
It’s not just dogs and cats that need to find forever homes, all sorts of pets, including bunnies, need homes!
There is a great rescue in California that is working hard on behalf of bunnies, The Bunny Bunch. The Bunny Bunch was established in 1984, and is a non profit, no kill rescue and education organization run entirely by volunteers. Over the years they have rescued thousands of rabbits, mostly from high kill shelters.
Most of the rabbits they rescue come from shelters, sadly rabbits are taken to shelters everyday, mostly because people have bought them without learning about their care. A big part of the Bunny Bunch is education about the proper care of rabbits.
They even hold classes at both of their adoption centers in addition to off-site events throughout the year to educate the public.
They serve the southern part of California, so if you are in that area and looking for a bunny as a pet, please check with The Bunny Bunch first.
You may even have heard of a recent news story about the rescue of 135 rabbits that were being kept in the back of a U-haul truck. The Bunny Bunch currently has 24 of the rabbits, the rest are at Animal Control, and they are taking them in groups to their adoption centers as space permits. You can read more about it here.
Today is World Spay Day! World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The HSUS, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Originally created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995 as Spay Day USA, World Spay Day has now been recognized by nearly 70 countries.
On the last Tuesday of every February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street.
We think this is an important cause and wanted to help spread the word. To learn more about World Spay Day, and why you should spay or neuter your pets, please visit the World Spay Day page on the HSUS website. You can even sponsor a spay/neuter surgery if you would like.
The next World Spay Day is February 27, 2018 and will mark the 24th annual World Spay Day. Mark your calendars and help promote this great cause.