Today for our Furry Friend Fact Friday, we have two facts:
- Anywhere from 5 million to 7 million animals enter shelters every year in the U.S. alone.
- The cost of spaying and neutering a pet is less than the cost of raising puppies or kittens for a year.
Why did I decide to talk about these statistics? No, not because I want to be a Debbie Downer on a Friday morning. It's because 5- to 7-million is an astronomical number, even with all the animal shelters that exist out there. Many people have no idea how many homeless pets there are just waiting for a loving home to call their own. And most of these animals would be amazing and devoted pets...they just need someone to give them a chance.
At Animal Friends, we know one of the best things we can do as a society to work toward solving the problem of animal overpopulation is spay and neuter our pets. The cost is quite manageable, and did you know we offer a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program?
We found homes for 2,267 homeless animals in 2010. Every furry friend that finds his forever home makes room for another to have the same chance. Will you help us double that number in 2011?
Source: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)