A survey conducted by PetSmartCharities found that Americans are not fully aware of the problem of pet homelessness. Only 29 percent of the 3,000 surveyed knew about pet homelessness, and 75 percent guessed there are less than one million homeless pets in America, whereas the real number is closer to eight million. Another survey showed about forty percent believed the number of homeless pets euthanized each year to be less than one million, but the true number is closer to four million. Estimates from the Human Society of the United States, confirm the above numbers.
A movement called People Saving Pets has been started to address the lack of awareness around the number of homeless pets in America, and the number of homeless pets that are euthanized each year. While these topics certainly are not pleasant to consider, part of the problem is simply lack of awareness, so getting the information out in the public eye is part of the solution.
The executive director of PetSmartCharities Susana Della Maddalena said, “This year in America, 8 million pets will end up in shelters – and 4 million adoptable pets will be euthanized – simply because they do not have homes. People Saving Pets is designed to fundamentally change how people think about – and act – on the issue of pet homelessness. This movement is about inspiring people who love pets to take action, now.” (Source: PRnewswire.com)
She has been with the organization since 2003, and has been involved in fundraising to the tune of nearly 30 million dollars. PetSmartCharities is a non-profit organization supporting programs to raise awareness about the treatment of companion animals, and to save their lives by promoting adoptions, neutering/spaying, emergency relief programs and animal rescues.
Over 100 local and national animal organizations have joined their movement so far. For individuals, PetSmartCharities has an animal shelter locater to help find shelters and neuter/spay services near them. You can also join their movement, by registering on their site.
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