January 1, 2012

January 2012: Homeless Animals & Animal Shelters

Homeless Animals & Animal Shelters

   All over the world, domestic animals, such as cats, dogs, and rabbits are left homeless. These animals cause damage to local ecosystems and to themselves, because they weren't meant to live in the wild. Here are some of the many things you can do to help.

1.) HOST A FUNDRAISER. Raise money or gather pet supplies, such as cat food or dogs toys. You can also make some of this stuff, and give it to the shelter, based on their needs. Click here for how to make a fleece dog bed! You can go door-to-door, leave a donation box at your local grocery store or school, or even put an ad in your local shopping guide, seeking donations.
   Animal shelters are always in need of supplies, some more specific than others. Be sure to check your local shelter's wish-list before starting.

2.) VOLUNTEER. Animal shelters are almost always short-handed, and can always use the help. These organizations are typically almost, if not completely volunteer-ran. You might have to be a certain age in order to volunteer, so be sure to check with your local shelter.
   Volunteering at an animal shelter can mean any number of things; it can be cleaning kennels, feeding, training, or simply playing with the animals. They need attention as much as any other pet!

3.) ADOPT. Hundreds of animals are put to sleep every day because no body adopts them. And what happens to those dogs and cats? They end up at dissection tables at collages and high-schools. Loving cats, playful dogs, simply wonderful pets. Their waiting period can be anywhere from three days to two weeks. Either way, that is not very long to live. These animals are not just strays, but people's puppies, and old house cats. They are loving individuals looking for a new home, a home you can give. Dogs from breeders make it so that there are more unwanted animals, and cause more pets to be put to sleep. If we stop supporting the cause of the problem, we can save many lives. Still not sure? Then click here for information on purebred pets vs. mixed-breads.

4.) SPAY OR NEUTER. Sure, who doesn't love puppies? Well, when there are too many of them, there are bound to be some that are unwanted and end up in shelters, where they are put to sleep.
   Think of it this way: So you have two dogs, a male and a female. They have eight puppies. Four of the puppies are male, and the other four are female. A year later, each of those females has eight puppies, half male and half female. 4X8 is 32. So that is already a lot of puppies. Now what happens if those puppies have puppies? 32X8=256. And that is only four generations of dogs! That means, just from a pare of non-spayed and neutered dogs, 256 new dogs were born over the corse of under 6 years! Now, what do breeders do? Just that. Now you see why it's important to "fix" your dog, cat, or rabbit. After all, there are only so many good homes in the world!
   Now, what happens if you have, say, an out-door cat, and it isn't spayed or neutered. If female, it could get pregnant by a stray cat, or another out-door pet. If male, it'll simply impregnate females, sending the problem to someone else's home, or to a stray, homeless cat. Click here to order a copy of A Dog's Life for only a $1 donation to PETA!
   One study showed that most dogs hit by cars are non-neutered males. They go looking for a mate, and sometimes get hit by cars, maiming or killing them. This can be avoided, or at least the risk greatly reduced, buy fixing your dog. Because, with out those, erm, urges, they have no reason to leave home.

5.) START AN ANIMAL SHELTER. Yes, you too can start the all-mighty animal shelter! See some of the laws and regulations here!

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