A few years ago, I became active in some town council meetings in my community when there was discussion about the creation of a no-kill program. Before I got up to speak, I did my homework and discovered some startling facts about the local Animal Control, which euthanizes up to 70% of all animals that come its way. I’ve also done countless roadside rescues and reunited lost dogs (and, recently, a cat!) with their guardians. Thank goodness they didn’t get picked up and taken to the pound, where the clock starts ticking and the time runs out much too soon for most of them.
I have friends who feel an affinity to a certain breed, and a couple of them have even adopted beagles partially in honor of my own beloved beagle Pushkin. However, the urgency to put an end to dog breeding while we have so many shelter animals in need of loving “furever” homes cannot be overstated. Adopt, don’t shop — Please!
Petfinder.com makes it easy to find animals locally. The site is a hub for more than 13,000 adoption groups, offering more than 300,000 adoptable animals. This year is the site’s 15th anniversary, and they’ve facilitated more than 17 million (!) adoptions!
In addition to facilitating adoptions nationwide, Petfinder.com is a terrific resource for information about Pet Care, Health, and Training. And its Online Partner Store, The Animal Rescue Site, has a whole host of items, with proceeds from each sale going towards a great cause.
Petfinder.com reminds us that there are millions of homeless animals looking for loving families. So please remember, whenever you’re considering adding a nonhuman member to the family: ADOPT, don’t shop! Petfinder.com makes it so easy to find a companion animal that’s a perfect fit for your home. And please spread the word to your extended family and friends. Lives are depending on it.