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The Shelter Pet Project

The Shelter Pet Project

Every year, 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. And did you know that every year 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters? It is such a sad statistic. Luckily, The Shelter Pet Project hopes to change this! The Shelter Pet Project is a new campaign, sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council, that hopes to reverse this trend and find homes for these homeless, lovable pets.

The campaign has one unified goal, to increase pet adoption. They hope to reach the 17 million people who plan on getting a new pet this year, letting them know that shelters are the first and best place to find animal companions.

The Shelter Pet Project also has an awesome website with pet adoption resources, and also some great interactive media, like Pet Personals and an Adopt-A-Gram to help spread the word about this project.

Here is one of the great PSAs that The Shelter Pet Project has out to spread the word. Let’s help make adoption the first option!

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6:18AM PDT on Apr 10, 2010

Wonderful post - this message cannot be reiterated enough.

7:49PM PDT on Oct 8, 2009

i hope part of this maddie project is educating people on pet ownership. some people give their dogs up because of behavioral problems sometimes stemming from their own lack of awareness on how to care for an animal. we should try and end this, and not try and "sell" animals like a marketing campaign. i am sure they have spay/neuter as part of this but to solve the problems we need to fix what causes it in the first place..like housebreaking and placing dogs with right owners, i.e. dogs that are fit for apt living with people who live in apts and so forth..so the poor animal doesn't get tossed back into shelter program. i used to work at an animal shelter and some people work really hard to place animals with loving homes, but I know people aren't adopting because of the economy and cost of ownership too. more power to HSUS!

5:46AM PDT on Oct 6, 2009

Unfortunately, until people stop BREEDING all these dogs and cats we will still have the problem of too many animals for homes and shelters. That is really where this campaign needs to start.

7:11AM PDT on Oct 5, 2009

In my country the "shelters" are practically extermination camps. All my pets are rescued, most from the streets. My first kitten (12 years old now) was a newborn, who would complicate his own life with this? I did. When she was 6, my husband found a doggie (1 month old), she's now 6 years old - a beautiful hunting mix. When she was 3, we found a pure German Sheppard (3 months old then), beaten and scared. Also a "she" will be 4 years old in December. For these 2 dogs we took a bank loan 2 years ago and bought a house with a big yard. At the house we found 3 cats (mom with son and daughter) and 2 dogs (boys), a 15-16 years old and a 10 months old pup, both emaciated. Others in our place would throw them out, we didn't. They both became so affectionate, even if the old one at first, bitten us both. Later in winter I found a 4 months old pup in front of my office building and took him home (he's a Rottweiler mix). Second day a pure German Brach (girl) showed up in our yard. She was frozen and emaciated, so we took her in. She was also 4 months old. They grew up together, they are 2 years old now. In the brink of spring another "girl", a German Sheppard mix jumped in over the fence and stayed...followed in May by a golden "boy", fluffy and good guardian. Last year I found a cat hit by car, took her in and cured her. So for those who want a pet I definitely recommend the adoption. From shelters or streets they'll be so grateful and loving, as much as a human being will never be.

7:10AM PDT on Oct 5, 2009

In my country the "shelters" are practically extermination camps. All my pets are rescued, most from the streets. My first kitten (12 years old now) was a newborn, who would complicate his own life with this? I did. When she was 6, my husband found a doggie (1 month old), she's now 6 years old - a beautiful hunting mix. When she was 3, we found a pure German Sheppard (3 months old then), beaten and scared. Also a "she" will be 4 years old in December. For these 2 dogs we took a bank loan 2 years ago and bought a house with a big yard. At the house we found 3 cats (mom with son and daughter) and 2 dogs (boys), a 15-16 years old and a 10 months old pup, both emaciated. Others in our place would throw them out, we didn't. They both became so affectionate, even if the old one at first, bitten us both. Later in winter I found a 4 months old pup in front of my office building and took him home (he's a Rottweiler mix). Second day a pure German Brach (girl) showed up in our yard. She was frozen and emaciated, so we took her in. She was also 4 months old. They grew up together, they are 2 years old now. In the brink of spring another "girl", a German Sheppard mix jumped in over the fence and stayed...followed in May by a golden "boy", fluffy and good guardian. Last year I found a cat hit by car, took her in and cured her. So for those who want a pet I definitely recommend the adoption. From shelters or streets they'll be so grateful and loving, as much as a human being will never be.

4:37AM PDT on Oct 5, 2009

I, too, get my dogs from our local Humane Society shelter.
Our last dog, Heidi, had cancer and died almost 2 years ago, and I'm finally ready to start lookingm ad hope to get another very soon.

4:03AM PDT on Oct 5, 2009

Even in Germany, My partner and I have THREE rescues from local shelters... One a 17 year old Thai who in the USA would most certainly been euthanized (He was 13 at the time), a kitten who was only 500 grams and is now 7 kilos! and Sam our 5 year old poodle who was waiting for a forever home but was neither a "Pocket Pup" or big enough for people to adopt... He wasn't cool or designer enough... And they are ALL great! Adopt pets! And think of older ones! Not just puppies and kittens!

They love you, make your life fuller and richer and are the best of friends!

8:37PM PDT on Oct 4, 2009

I have 15 adopted dogs of the shelter in Peruibe- São Paulo.
They are the must- lovely- beautiful
I recomended This to everyone
Good lucky. Go on

7:52PM PDT on Oct 4, 2009

I always adopt from shelters or rescue groups. Right now I have three senior rescues, best kids in the world! :-)

5:03PM PDT on Oct 4, 2009

I always adopt from a shelter....and always will. If everyone had their pets spayed and neutered and every community had a catch and release program to control strays....the homeless pet population would decrease exponentially.

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