Houston’s animal shelters are reporting a huge increase in abandoned animals and they can’t hold them for long. This means a lot of them will have to be put down, something most people don’t like. The different animal shelters around the Houston area such as BARC and the Houston Humane Society are trying everything in their power to save these little guys, but some of them have to be put down because there isn’t enough room or there isn’t anyone who wants to adopt and they are always in need of volunteers.
Five to nine million animals are put down nationwide each year so it’s important to rescue these animals or to adopt those who need a home and companionship. Only about 30% of animals are returned back to their original owners due to their name-tags.
It’s sad how owners just let their pets loose if they don’t want them anymore. Animals on the streets have a life expectancy of less than a year. They can die from starvation, overexposure or get hit by a car. What owners don’t realize is that cats and dogs’ survival skills are not good because of domestication, therefore pets need to be taken care of. These animals don’t know how to survive in the wild. It is cruel and inhumane to throw a helpless animal in the streets.
If you are looking to help, go to www.petfinder.com to find a shelter or rescue organization near you. There are also plenty of ways to lend a hand whether by volunteering, donating money or supplies or even fostering an animal that is sick, injured, very young or behaviorally-challenged.