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Transcript: 3. Saves the lives of animals that would have died on their own or in kill shelters •Too many animals are going in and not enough are going out Parker, E. (2012). Pawprints in the sand. Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. Majority of pets are obtained from family- 26% from breeders, 20-30% from adoption, 2-10% from pet shops Unknown lineage Unsafe and inhumane conditions Unknown health conditions Over 56% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed “A dog is not a thing. A thing is replaceable. A dog is not. A thing is disposable. A dog is not. A thing doesn’t have a heart. A dog’s heart is bigger than any “thing” you can ever own.” ― Elizabeth Parker, Paw Prints in the Sand 5-7 million animals enter shelters every year, and 3-4 million are euthanized as a result of staying in the shelters for too long. 60% dogs, 70% cats. (aspca.org) 2. No regulation with breeders/ inhumane businesses •Inhumane practices by backyard breeders (tail docking, weaning too soon) Removed from mothers at seven weeks. Packed in unsanitary crates 10+ at a time for sale to pet shops. Many will be infected by contagious viruses, respiratory conditions, parasites, and other conditions caused by neglect and stress. What can you do? 1. Adopt animals from local shelters or give your support to them Why should you choose to adopt? 1. Shelter overpopulation/reduces amount of strays Too many animals being turned down by shelters or euthanized because of lack of space 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren't enough adoptive homes Stray animals are a danger to themselves and the world around them Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. Monetary donations Supplies such as food and bedding Volunteer your time (walking, playing) Adopt animals into your family Advertise local shelters Why should you do anything at all? 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. One about every six and one half seconds Retrieved from http://www.aspca.org/Home/About-Us/about-the-aspca Animals should be adopted because of the low shelter turn out rates and inhumane treatment of mill-bred pets. 1. Shelter overpopulation 2. Unregulated/inhumane breeding practices 3. Save lives of animals that would have died on their own Bill Foundation. The cold hard facts on pet overpopulation. Retrieved from http://www.billfoundation.org/html/cold_hard_facts.html Shelter animals are seen as 'dirty' Puppies have a higher chance of being adopted Older dogs are often left to the hands of the shelter until they "expire" Friends of Animals. (n.d.). Puppy mills, pet shops, and akc basic facts. Retrieved from http://www.friendsofanimals.org/programs/spay-neuter/puppy-mills-pet-shops-the-akc-basic-facts.html Do Something Foundation. 11 facts about animal homelessness. Retrieved from http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness

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