An Act of Rescue and Love.
The overpopulation of stray dogs in the U.S. is so immense that it is impossible to determine an exact estimate.
According to the ASPCA:
• About 13,600 animal shelters exist in the U.S.
• Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs.
• While 1.4 million dogs are adopted each year, about 1.2 million dogs are euthanized.
• Only about 35% of dogs that enter shelters are adopted.
I Stand With My Pack encourages adopting over buying because:
You save a life if you adopt. You’re giving a second chance to an animal that may have been euthanized if you hadn’t adopted!
All different breeds (even pure breeds), personalities, sizes, and most off all unique mixes you desire can be found in shelters or through rescue groups. Adopting also frees up space and resources in overcrowded shelters and gives a chance for another animal to be adopted. In order for shelters to continue to help animals in need, animals must be adopted. Shelters are only meant to be a temporary home for animals.
Adopting helps to prevent pet overpopulation. Shelters are overcrowded with animals that have either been surrendered by their owners or found on the street as strays. There are too many pets and not enough loving homes. Most shelters and rescue groups require that pets be spayed or neutered as part of the adoption process and this is the only surefire way to prevent animals that are reintroduced into the community are not contributing to pet overpopulation.
Adopting usually cost less than buying from a breeder. Vaccinations, spay/ neuter and microchips are usually included in the adoption fees and although adopting from a rescue may seem on the high side for some, the amount of medical care and check-ups these animals receive are more than a lot of breeders or puppy mills would provide.
You raise awareness when you adopt. By choosing to adopt, you’re part of the solution against puppy mills, pet stores and other operations that use animals for profit by using your wallet to say “no”.
Bragging rights! Need we say more?