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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The State Of Shelters Across The U.S.

As Parental Unit and I were perusing our Sunday edition of Cesar's Way, we noticed a detailed and enlightening article by Cesar Millan that discusses the state of animal shelters across the United States. It certainly helped us put in perspective the relationship between the number of total dogs, the number of dogs in shelters, and the relationship of spaying/neutering to our country's problem of overcrowded shelters. When the statistics are presented together, it's a devasting picture for both our companion animals and the people who love them. But there's lots we can do to reverse this situation, and this article also gives us practical ways to help.

Here's the beginning of what Cesar has dubbed his "State of the Shelter Address":

This week, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. We felt it was an appropriate time to take stock of what’s going on in our animal shelters around the country and give you a fair and honest picture of what’s working, what’s not, and how you can help. After all, it’s not about asking what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
It has been my mission through the Millan Foundation to create and deliver community education programs and promote animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs. Every year approximately 5 to 7 million animals enter our shelters, and 3 to 5 million are euthanized. This means about 60 percent of the dogs in our shelters will be killed. While those numbers vary from state to state, this is the broad scope of the State of our Shelters, which we are sad to report, is mediocre at best.

As you all know, I spent some time in a shelter myself, but was lucky enough to be adopted after only a few days. Here I am making myself comfortable on Parental Unit's new rug within a few hours of arriving in my forever home.

Parental Unit and I would love to come up with a way that we bloggers can organize and contribute to help reverse these statistics. Let's talk!


A MilShelb Mom said...

We think it is a wonderful idea! We will get to thinking of ideas. Our Mom is NOT allowed to adopt any more babies... at least not until she and Dad buy us a house to live in. Apparently rental companies don't like for you to have more than 2 pets most of the time... and also, we really like being the only 2 in our house, but we're happy to help in any other way!
~Milly and Shelby

Donna said...

I was adopted from a shelter. My hoomins are neat! :)

My friend D.R. says she loves to help shelters.

The Daily Pip said...

You know I am with on this, Bocci!

Are you familiar with Romeo the Cat? Each month (I think) they pick a new cat shelter to raise money for and feature on their blog. Their goal is to raise $1,000 each month. They use firstgiving.org to set up sites and collect donations. The shelter I was adopted from was the recipient once and received lots of good publicity. I have thought about doing this on my blog (but my mom can't seem to get her act together) - feature a new shelter every month and raise money funds and awareness. My mom kind of knows how to do the whole fundraising thing because that's what she does for a living - though she doesn't like it very much!

Your pal, Pip

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

Both of us spent time in shelters and one of the cats spent a little time out on the street, so we do understand the need to support good shelters. One of our town run shelters is having a big scandal right now, but not one of the ones either of us were in. It's bad if the allegations are true, but since it's a big story it is actually educational for the public, since there's a lot of information about how many animals go through the shelters each year.

Unknown said...

Mika had his early puppy stage at SPCA until he was 7 months old. We do hope most dogs there would be able to find their homes soon but it's always sad to notice that the number of adoption is always much less than them numbers of the animals which move into the shelter everyday.

Asta said...

Thank you so much fow keeping youw nose to the gwindstone in twying to impwove the lives of all fuwwkids..
Mommi is not vewy good at owganising, but we will supowt anything you come up wif
smoochie kisses

Unknown said...

Great idea for a blog! As the parental unit to 4 canines, 2 of whom came from the shelter, our most recent being Bella, the Labradoodle.
You can read about us at http://blogbedandy.blogspot.com

hornblower said...

Have you read Nathan Winograd's work? Redemption? The No Kill Advocacy website?
So much exclellent info there. These are wonderful resources.

~signed, so NOT a CM fan ;-)

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