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My experience working at PetSmart Charities has motivated me to pledge to adopt my next pet. The stories I’ve heard, and the experiences I’ve had, have really had an impact on my perceptions.
But the hard facts played a role, too.
8 million pets will end up in shelters this year in North America. Four million of them—or about 11,000 adoptable pets every day—will be euthanized.
It’s a huge problem to solve, and getting more pets adopted is one of the best ways to do it.
Our research shows that the top reasons people don’t adopt pets from shelters are:
In reality, local animal shelters and rescue groups offer a variety of healthy, lovable and, often, purebred pets who need a home because they are lost or their owners can no longer care for them. In the U.S., an average of 20% of all adoptable pets are purebred. There are many rescue groups that specialize in finding homes for specific breeds or types of pets.
In addition, responsible organizations, like our partners, screen pets for health and behavior concerns. They're honest about the pet’s needs, history and health issues, if any. Plus, they often provide training to get pets ready to be part of the family. Many organizations offer a number of important services such as health screenings, vaccinations, micro-chipping and spay and neuter. These services are made possible through adoption fees and donations.
Plus, when you adopt a pet, you make room for more pets at animal welfare organizations. You’re giving other homeless pets a better chance of finding a home.
The bottom line is: when you adopt, you save a life. But you also enrich your own. I’ve heard so many wonderful stories from adopted pet parents via our website, social media channels and adoption events. Here are a few of my favorites:
What story do you tell about your adopted pet? Does he have a funny habit that you fell in love with? Did she help you through a hard time in your life? Tell us about your pet and how they enrich your life. Your successful, positive stories of pet adoption can inspire others to consider adopting homeless pets.
Plus, we may pick you as our featured adoption story of the week.