Why is rescuing/adopting a pet important?
Rescuing/adopting a pet versus purchasing one is the best things you can do to help decrease the ginormous animal overpopulation problem around the world.
This is because shelters across the globe are forced to euthanize (kill) millions of unwanted animals a year. It simply boils down to math...there are FAR more homeless animals than we have room for in shelters.
For example: If a shelter can hold 250 animals, but they have 700 in their care, they need to euthanize for space. This happens EVERY DAY in EVERY STATE!
By purchasing a pet from a breeder, you are encouraging them to continue breeding. Puppy mills and backyard breeders are the primary locations people buy puppies from... and you may not even realize it.
Those uber fluffy puppies in a pet store near you are all from puppy mills...even if they say they aren't. Puppy mills and backyard breeders put profits over care and are absolutely dispicable. The animals in their care very rarely (if ever) receive medical attention or affection and are tossed out as soon as they are done breeding.
We will ONLY stop breeders from continuing these (often) inhumane practicies is if we finally stop giving them money and incentivizing them to continue. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE "ADOPT DON'T SHOP!"
What is the difference between a shelter and a rescue organization?
The answer below is a brief overview of some of the general differnces between shelters and rescues. Depending on location and laws, information may vary.
Animal shelters are run by the City or State they are located in. They were initially created to house dangerous or nuisance animals. They are government funded and staffed with government employees.
In addition to that, most are considered "open admission" agencies, which means they HAVE to accept all animals that are brought to them. That means they can't say no to stray animals, owner surrenders, sick/senior animals, exotic animals, etc...
This means they fill up extremely quickly and usually have to euthanize (kill) to make room. By law, shelters have to keep a stray animal in their care for a certain amount of time to allow for a possible owner to come find them. That amount of time varies by location, but is usually a few days. At that point, if the animal is not claimed or adopted by someone, it is eutahnized.
Rescue organizations are considered non-profit 501C3 organizations. They are created by members of the public in order to help save animals. Rescues usually "pull" animals out of overcrowded shelters when they have the space to do so. Some also accept owner surrenders or stray animals. Rescue organizations are usually small and/or foster based, which means they only take in a few animals at a time. They are funded by donations and do not receive government money.
Rescue organizations usually attempt everything in their power to save the animals in their care. That means they will usually find the means to get better vet care, training or rehabilitation when necessary. This leads to higher adoption fees than shelters usually have, but it's to try and offset their exorbitant costs.
How do I find a rescue pet in my area?
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Click the "Manage Questions" button
Click on the question you would like to attach a video to
When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL
That's it! A thumbnail of your video will appear in answer text box
What should I consider when choosing a pet?
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