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Reasons dogs end up in shelters. By Nicole Pajer All across the world, animal shelters are overflowing with dogs that are in need of good homes.

Reasons dogs end up in shelters

But how did so many get there? It can be hard for us dedicated pet lovers to understand how someone could just surrender his or her companion. When a dog ends up in a shelter, it is not their fault. Animal Shelters. Not all animal shelters are the same.

Animal Shelters

Fortunate homeless and unwanted animals end up in the hundreds of open-admission animal shelters that are staffed by professional, caring people. At these facilities, frightened animals are reassured, sick and injured animals receive treatment or a peaceful end to their suffering, and the animals’ living quarters are kept clean and dry. Workers at these facilities never turn away needy animals and give careful consideration to each animal’s special emotional and physical needs. To be able to offer refuge to every animal in need, open-admission shelters must euthanize unadopted and unadoptable animals. The alternative—turning them away—is cruel and leaves the animals in grave danger. Pet Abandonment - Animal Rights Action. Introduction Pet abandonment is a huge problem world wide.

Pet Abandonment - Animal Rights Action

There are countless millions of loving, adoptable dogs put to death every year, simply because people keep breeding more puppies to try to make money, and other people reward them for this by paying them for these puppies when they could instead save an innocent dog from death by adopting. People who buy puppies from pet shops fund the cruelty of Puppy Farms where the breeding dogs are cruelly abused and inhumanely killed. Some breeders who cannot sell their puppies are known to inhumanely kill unsold or imperfect puppies using methods such as drowning. Others abandon them. Many people who buy puppies later decide it is an inconvenience and get rid of them, adding yet more innocent dogs to the huge numbers already put to death. If nobody bought, and everyone adopted, nobody would breed dogs, and eventually, no innocent, adoptable dogs would die. Page Contents Clicking the titles below takes you straight to that section of the page. Animal Cruelty » PAWS.

What is Animal Cruelty?

Animal Cruelty » PAWS

Animal cruelty is when someone hurts an animal or does not care for an animal responsibly, like not giving a dog or cat food and water. It is against the law to be cruel to or harm animals, even your own pets. It’s also called animal abuse, or neglect. What should you do about it? Animal cruelty is a serious problem. Don’t touch. What can PAWS do to help? PAWS has no legal authority to catch people abusing animals, but your local animal control officers do.

Teenage girl is dogs best friend. While most teenage girls are busy doing their nails and downloading the latest music, Faye Carey is helping re-home dozens of abandoned dogs.

Teenage girl is dogs best friend

The 16-year-old Waikato teen volunteers with her local branch of Animal Control, giving abandoned animals a second chance at life. She has set up a Facebook page, Animal Re-home Waikato, where she advertises puppies and dogs who need adopting. It all started when Faye underwent a week of work experience at Animal Control last November. "We picked up a puppy in the pound the first day I went to Animal Control and then on my last day he was still there and I felt really sorry for him," she says. "So I advertised him on TradeMe and he got a lot of interest and he went to a lovely home in Auckland.

" The idea for the Facebook page came when Faye was trying to re-home a litter of abandoned kittens, and needed a free way to advertise. The page has nearly 300 likes and a loyal following of satisfied new parents. "I'd love to have a career in Animal Control. Animal Shelters: another chance at life or death. An animal shelter, by definition, is: an establishment, especially one supported by charitable contributions, that provides a temporary home for dogs, cats, and other animals that are offered for adoption.

Animal Shelters: another chance at life or death

An establishment that temporarily provides a home until the animal is adoptable. Sounds good, right? However, this definition is more in line with no kill animal shelters. These shelters will either keep animals as long as possible, or give them to some other organization that can attempt to adopt out the animals. They will do all in their power to find a great new home for animals that may have been homeless, abused, or a victim of hoarding. Animal Homelessness Is a Community Challenge  Our relationships with the animals we keep are highly personal.

Animal Homelessness Is a Community Challenge 

They provide us with unconditional love, and we take on a personal responsibility for making sure that they are well cared for. But when the bond between an animal and his guardian is broken, as when an animal is lost, abandoned, or surrendered to a shelter, who then has responsibility for the animal and his care? Most people would say it's the local animal shelter's responsibility. And that's true. We take on the function of caring for animals other people don't want or can't care for.