Adopt a Pet: Save a Life

Adopt a Pet: Save a Life

Every year, approximately 5 million animals are entered into animal shelters in the United States. About 3.5 million of these animals are euthanized due to overpopulation. Only about 10 percent of animals who end up in animal shelters are spayed or neutered.

Due to irresponsible pet ownership, pets can escape and become astray, ending up in the hands of animal shelters. Overpopulation can be caused by not spaying or neutering their pet, causing ‘excess’ animals killed annually, according to dosomething.org.

About 63% percent of all households in the United States include at least one companion animal .

Only twenty-five percent of dogs and twenty-four percent of cats are adopted from animal shelters; according to americanhumane.org.

By adopting a companion animal, not only can you save a life, you will also benefit from your relationship with your pet.

Pets adopted from animal shelters can be really great companions and helpers alike. Most people think that if a child has allergies, they cannot get a pet. On the contrary, studies show that having a dog in a home with an infant can reduce the likeliness of pet allergies, eczema, and can have a stronger immune system; according to webmd.com.

“Studies have shown that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home,” says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; according to webmd.com.

In addition, pets can encourage excersise, help with emotional wellbeing, and can help with one’s heart health condition.

Overall, adopting a pet can be both beneficial to the animal and their owners alike.