This article is written with a huge dose of hope – it is filled with wishes to get animal lovers to lend their voices, attention and kindness in a call to action on behalf of ending animal cruelty.
If we hold out the desire to aid in the eradication of cruelty and to make our world a better one for humans and animals, then I invite everyone to look closer at the Mutt-i-grees® Movement. It proposes to rally animal lovers to act, one person at a time, in an effort to stop wanton cruelty.
The fact is that millions of healthy, innocent animals, especially dogs and cats, are being put to death annually. Estimates tally the yearly numbers of animals in shelters as 8 to 10-million. These are not sickly or unhealthy dogs. The fact is that these poor ill-fated creatures are healthy, vibrant and delightful animals that would become excellent pets and benefit greatly from a loving home.
Instead of finding such homes, about 4-million of these dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are euthanized yearly. When you do the math, that adds up to nearly eleven thousand viable lives that are put to death for no other reason than there’s too many of them, it costs too much to maintain them, and there are not enough people stepping up to help them.
My source further breaks down the math this way – putting to death 4-million animals annually means:
11,000 lives ended
450 lives ended per hour
more than 7 lives lost each minute.
This occurs at numerous shelters throughout our country. It is the chosen method to control pet overpopulation.
This living creature destruction is an alarming statistic. Truly it is! In actuality, it is not only alarming, it is horrific and completely unfitting in the United States of America where we consider ourselves an advanced, humane society–intelligent, educated, sophisticated and caring.
Remember this motto: “Together, we can reduce this distressing statistic – one pet at a time.”
There are enough animal lovers to make a difference. Let us adopt a pet from a shelter instead of getting a puppy from a pet shop. There are thousands of shelters and rescue groups that have animals. Rescuing a pet from the shelter removes that animal from the possible euthanasia list, and the adoptive home has just saved a life.
Shelters also have puppies at almost any given time. There are countless purebred animals as well. Please give the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens a chance in shelters.
Another sickening statistic has proven that puppy mills are usually the source of the animals available in the pet shops. We should not perpetuate the cruelty.of puppy mills. Dogs in the mass reproduction puppy mills are as abused as those beaten and tortured – it is just a different form of abuse. The animals are forced to become breeding “machines” that suffer the effects of overbreeding, genetic disorders, indiscriminate reproduction, caging without exercise, no human interaction or kindness. Most certainly, puppy mill dogs do not live lives of beloved pets. Learn more about Puppy Mills.
Unfortunately, many people simply don’t know that you can find any type of dog, puppy or other animal that you could want in a shelter. Since 8-10 million dogs and puppies enter shelters and rescue groups each year, wonderful, healthy Mutt-i-grees are in a shelter near you.
When you are ready to find your own tail wagger, please consider adoption from a shelter. Feel proud that you have saved a life. Know that you and others who adopt are literally saving a life. Together we can reduce the 4,000,000+ animals destroyed in the United States annually.
Aid the Mutt-i-grees Movement by helping family and friends understand that those cute puppies in the pet store windows are from a cycle of puppy mill cruelty that must stop.
If people adopted animals from a shelter instead of a pet store, hundreds of thousands of deserving lives would be saved.
Avail yourself of the simple tools from Mutt-i-grees that will make it easier to spread the word to stop animal cruelty. Tell everyone you know that adoption is the right choice. Help Stop Animal Cruelty – and, please, sign the pledge.
Source: Animal League. Listen to radio: WCBS-FM Radio Interview about Mutt-i-grees with John Stevenson, President, North Shore Animal League America
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