Save a life today and you will have a friend for life. Have you been to a shelter lately? There are so many hopeful faces looking out the cages at you. Are you able to walk by the cages without your heart breaking?
I know I can’t. In 2003 I saw a dog in the paper from the Virginia Beach animal control for adoption. My husband and I kicked the idea around for a week and finally he asked me to call them just to find out about her. To them she was pen# 79. I asked about her and the lady I was talking to told me ‘’Oh, she’s scheduled to be euthanized tomorrow at 5:00’’. She said this to me like it was nothing.
I hung up the phone and told that to my husband. He said call them back, have them put our name on her and go pick her up. I took my son with me and off we went to get our girl, pen #79.
As we walked past the cages the dogs barking and wagging their tails saying to us’’ pick me, pick me’’, we came upon pen #79. There she was in the far left corner of the cage curled in a ball. She had given up, she knew she was close and it was like she didn’t have any hope left. We got her out and paid $10.00 for her because she had been adopted out and brought back. I didn’t ask why, because I didn’t care, she was coming home with me.
So pen # 79 became Kristina Rose. She became one of the family that day; she became my son’s best friend that day. We lost her last year, but we know she had spent the rest of her years well loved and happy.
Here are some facts about how many dogs/cats put down every year. This MUST be changed; we need to do better by these animals. We put them here. What are your thoughts about this? Email me at [email protected] .
Using the National Council’s numbers from 1997 and estimating the number of operating shelters in the United States to be 3,500 (the exact number of animal shelters operating in the United States does not exist), here are the statistics:
* Of the 1,000 shelters that replied to the National Council’s survey, 4.3 million animals were handled.
* In 1997 roughly 64% of the total number of animals that entered shelters were euthanized — approximately 2.7 million animals in just these 1,000 shelters. These animals may have been put down due to overcrowding, but may have been sick, aggressive, injured, or suffered something
* 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. More cats are euthanized than dogs because they are more likely to enter a shelter without any owner identification.
* Only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats that enter animal shelters are reunited with their owners.
* 25% of dogs and 24% of cats that enter animal shelters are adopted.
It is from these numbers that we estimated what is occurring nationwide. It is widely accepted that 9.6 million animals are euthanized annually in the United States.