Anybody who has seen a domesticated animal wandering through a neighborhood, fallen dead alongside a busy road, or watched as a lost pet notice goes unanswered has witnessed many of the effects of a poor animal shelter system. Those who have adopted a pet out of rescue, or had a pet go missing that was never recovered are aware of shelter problems at a much more personal level. According to the Humane Society of The United States, there are currently over 160 million cats and dogs owned as pets. Of these, less than 15 percent were adopted out of animal shelters ("Overpopulation"). With so many animals being sheltered each year, those responsible for their well-being are trying to tackle the problem at hand to create the best solution for the animals and people involved. The financial restrictions and limited resources have left many shelters unable to care for all of the animals taken in, and as such, the problem becomes worse each year.
[...] Almost entirely b. 50-70% c. Less than half d. Individual donations are not significant 22% answered a answered b answered c answered d. 6.) Of the 3,500+ animal shelters in the U.S., how many do you think are considered no-kill? (ones that will not use euthanasia on animals suitable for adopted, ie. will not put animals down based on a time period or shelter population) a. 70-100% b. 50-69% c. 30-49% d. 10- 29% e. Less than answered a answered b answered c answered d answered e 7.) What do you think is the primary reason that shelters use euthanasia? [...]
[...] Please circle your answer. Background: The American Society for the Protection against Cruelty to Animals and The Humane Society of the United States are the two oldest and largest U.S.-based organizations dedicated to the welfare of animals. Both are nonprofit organizations. 1.) Have you ever owned a pet? Yes No 87% answered yes answered no 2.) If yes, how was this pet obtained? a. Animal shelter b. Pet store c. Private breeder d. Other (please explain) 45% answered a answered b answered c answered d. [...]
[...] The ASPCA, HSUS and many other nonprofit organizations have helped the lives of thousands of animals, but many more continue to suffer and ultimately die in shelters when they could be adopted. Private efforts have failed in the past and continue to do so currently, resulting in the unnecessary loss of life even for animals rescued into shelters. If given help in the form of a federally promoted donation campaign, these animal welfare groups could raise the money needed to expand their facilities to care for more animals, and utilize a variety of animal control and care programs to keep overcrowding from becoming worse in the future. [...]
[...] shelters will ever find new homes. Sadly, less than 10% of SPCA rescues that are euthanized face such a fate due to aggression, illness, or other conditions that would make them unsuitable for adoption It's a tragic outcome tied very heavily to financial inability to care for so many abandoned animals” (ASPCA). Relying strictly on community charity and national drives to secure private donations, these shelters are unable to cope with the overwhelming number of unwanted and lost pets. Having so many abandoned or abused animals left in shelters, it becomes their responsibility to handle such severe overcrowding problems. [...]
[...] The NACA wishes to help reduce the tragic number of abandoned animals and homeless strays that needlessly suffer each year in the United States. It is our goal to educate the community and assist them in providing a better place for all companion animals” (“Proper Pet Responsibility”). Agreeing with the intentions of the NACA's mission, the Humane Society of the United States soon began to create their own animal control officers and cruelty investigators, stating on their regional New Jersey webpage that “animal cruelty investigators now work as a part of the Humane Society in several regions in conjunction with local police officers. [...]
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