11 Reasons to Adopt a Rescued Pet

and/or support your local animal rescue or no-kill shelter!

I’m thrilled to be participating in Toyota’s Prius Plug-in MPG Challenge. For the next 30 days, I’ll be driving a Prius plugin hybrid to win money for Eleventh Hour Rescue. I’ve got some serious competition with my green colleagues – Earth Day New YorkInhabitatEcoKarenGreen Living Guy (aka Green Dude Seth Leitman), Green-4-U, and New York Green Advocate.

Watch the fun Green Diva Quickie video of GD Meg, GD Mizar and Gracie in the Toyota Prius to help kick off the MPG Challenge – #PlugInForCharity

green diva meg's rescued woof, gracieDespite all my worthy competitors, I’m pretty motivated to win for Eleventh Hour Rescue, because they rescued my gorgeous gracie. There so many volunteers who work tirelessly to rescue animals from kill shelters across the country and find them forever homes. Many people volunteer to foster them, drive them long distances, take them to vets, donate money or other much-needed supplies.

Eleventh Hour is only one of thousands of rescue groups and no-kill shelters across the country that need support. I’m hoping that if for some crazy reason I don’t win any cash for Eleventh Hour, I will at least raise some awareness about the amazing work they do to unite dogs like Gracie with grateful families like ours.


Here are 11 Reasons to Adopt a Rescued Pet
(or support your local animal rescue!)

  1. There are over 8 million abandoned, stray or unwanted pets in animal shelters in the US
  2. 1 in 20 pet cats and dogs end up in shelters every year
  3. 1/2 of the dogs sent to shelters will be euthanized
  4. 3 – 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters in the US annually
  5. More than 25% of shelter dogs are purebred (but mutts are the BEST!)
  6. On average only 10% of pets brought to shelters are spayed or neutered
  7. It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the US, but estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million
  8. Don’t support puppy mills
  9. Find the furry love of your life
  10. The life you save and the love you give are worth more to that animal than you can imagine
  11. The love you get in return is worth it all

Not all shelters are no-kill shelters, so please do your homework if you are considering a donation of some kind. The No Kill Network has a pretty comprehensive list of no-kill shelters and also provides additional information.

Meanwhile, please enjoy our very fun podcast from this past week’s show, which includes talk about the Toyota MPG Challenge, Eleventh Hour Rescue, some wonderful recipes for cool summer foods, a green dude report on being a more conscious consumer, some DIY fashion and more eco-fashionista fun with Cherie Corso, natural beauty expert. Read all the deets and listen to individual segment podcasts in the show blog post, or listen to the show right here!

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Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

Thanks for expressing all the reasons so concisely! No nonsense about a second page...

Its been great reading all these tales of love given to rescues! And some of the earlier posters reminded us that many horses need rescuing too... I am away from home far too often for it to be fair for me to take on an animal, but certainly I would want to give a rescue a second chance at life!

My only reservation is about finding an animal who really suits the home you can offer. For example, many years ago, I was 'mother' to a horse unwanted by the racing industry, and very happy we were together! Now, as you get older your weight unfortunately increases, and these days it wouldn't be fair for me to have a pretty little thoroughbred. Yes, I know what sort of horse I'd really like, and they are not common, but anyway it's all hypothetical... I'd need at least double my present income! But I feel I'd end up with a rescue if I could find a suitably big strong horse! - but they are more in demand.

Instead of waffling on about horses, I know of various people who fell for some adorable little cross-bred puppy, then found they'd got a dog too big for a city flat. I think that however great the reasons for having a rescue, falling for the first animal you see who has an irresistible face may not work - you may need plenty of advice from the shelter.

Vita Pagh
Vita P.2 years ago

Thank you for posting.

Michelle M.
Michelle M.2 years ago

Thanx for sharing!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago

#1 Nick. I adopted him 12 1/2 years ago = unconditional love

Tania S.
Tania S.2 years ago

They all need love.

Mike Wilkinson
Mike Wilkinson2 years ago

good article...love green diva ...hang out with woody harrellson, willy nelson, and Darrell Hannah and i'm listening.....woody has even been at seattles hempfest...good message.....and it includes animals too........

iveta cer

Thanks for great article :)

Heidi R.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you. I can say with all my heart that there are good reasons to rescue 365 days a year - 24 hours a day. I hope you all like the picture of our newest little rescue. Her name is Sunday. Yes, she brightened our life on a Sunday and continues to do so everyday.

Michael H.
Mike H.2 years ago

Great article! thanks