- Each year 6-8 million dogs and cats are turned in or picked up by shelter homes
- More than half of the adoptable, healthy animals at shelters have to be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes. Another reason is that there simply isn’t enough room or funds to keep them at shelters.
- Did you know? Purebreds make up more than 25% of shelter dogs.
- Over a 6 year period, 1 female and 1 male dog plus their offspring can produce 67,000 puppies
- Over a 7 year period, 1 female and 1 male cat plus their offspring can produce 420,000 cats
SOLUTION- ADOPT! Choose to adopt your pets from shelters or rescues never a pet shop or breeders. Pet shops buy from breeders and puppy mills who are a huge factor in the pet overpopulation crisis and often don’t take very good care of the animals they breed. SPAY OR NEUTER! Not only does spaying or neutering your pet keep more pets out of shelters (and being euthanized) but it even extends your pets life and decreases the risk of major diseases. It’s a win win! Here are some of our featured pets for adoption from Petfinder.Com.
2.ISSUE- FACTORY FARMING is the process of raising large quantities of livestock in extreme conditions for the purposes of making food for profit. More than 95% of all farm animals on factory farms and experience horrific treatment and conditions such as massive doses of hormones and antibiotics, battery cages, de-beaking, tail docking, gestation crates, and veal crates. Farm animal cruelty is a common practice at many industrial farms around the country.
SOLUTION-ELIMINATE OR REDUCE MEAT CONSUMPTION! Being a vegetarian or vegan is a lot easier nowadays than you may think. Most restaurants offer vegan or vegetarian options, there are tons of easy and delicious recipes to explore and its healthy! If becoming a vegetarian or vegan is not an option for you or maybe you just need something“in-between" before you take the leap, consider drastically lowering your meat consumption and substituting cows milk for soy, almond or coconut milk. Learn more about the different options to help animals by changing your diet here.
3.ISSUE- WEARING ANIMALS causes the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year. The production of wool, fur, and leather also contributes to water contamination, pollution, climate change and land devastation.
SOLUTION- ALTERNATIVES! First of all, wearing fur is sooo old-fashioned and not to mention, WRONG. Why have a dead animal hanging off your body when there are so many alternatives to fur, leather, exotic skins, silk, down and wool? Lets see, there’s rayon, cotton, polyester, pleather, hemp, linen, bamboo and the list goes on. Learn more about cruelty free fashion alternatives and designers HERE.
4.ISSUE- ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION aka animal testing is the testing of cosmetics, household products, medicines and other products on animals to insure they are safe for humans (and sometimes other animals). More than 14 million animals including rodents, cats, birds, monkeys, rabbits, reptiles and even dogs endure excruciating pain and a life without affection, safety or space to roam each year.
SOLUTION-CRUELTY FREE products are on the rise! You can choose from many different types of cruelty free cosmetics, household products and even baby products!
5.ISSUE-ENTERTAINMENT ANIMALS are animals used in circuses, bullfighting, marine parks, dog racing and marine parks. They suffer from constant fear, confinement, exhaustion, social deprivation and violent methods of training until they are no longer profitable or are no longer needed.
CIRCUS ANIMAL CRUELTY-Animal are forced to perform unnatural tricks day after day. The are trained using whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks, and other painful tools. More than 95% of a circus animals life is spent in chains or cages and on top of that EVERY major circus that uses animals have been cited for violating the United States Animal Welfare Act. For a list of animal-free circus go HERE.
BULLFIGHTING-Did you know, more than 40,000 bulls are killed each year world-wide in bloody bullfighting tournaments? Crazy right? Imagine being tortured for say, an hour only to be speared in the back before dying from blood loss and/or exhaustion. Bullfighting is a meaningless, heartless and cruel sport that needs to be stopped.
MARINE PARKS- The fact that marine animals only live 25% of their natural life expectancy in captivity should be enough to see why this is not the life for a marine animal. However, there are other factors such as being torn from their families, forced to perform tricks for food, and having to swim in circles in small pools of water.
SOLUTION- Take the family to enjoy animal-free entertainment and circuses. When major circuses that use and abuse animals come to your town, gather family and friends are protest or join another group of protestors.