“Brownie” was lucky to be adopted into a loving home. Many others are not so lucky. If you are looking for a companion animal, check out PetFinder.com, where you can find all kinds of wonderful animals in need of homes.
Despite public education, tougher licensing fees for unneutered pets and mandatory neutering of adopted shelter animals, more than ten million dogs and cats end up in U.S. shelters every year, just because there are not enough homes for them. Almost half of these are put to death. Shelter workers, drawn to the job by a love for animals, pay a steep price in emotional pain and turnover is high in the job.
The problem is compounded by the pure-bred puppies sold in pet stores and bred in “puppy mills,” notorious breeding factories where dogs are confined in wire cages, often without adequate shelter, sanitation or veterinary care. Poor health and behavioral problems mean that these animals often end up in shelters.
There are many, many animals in shelters who need homes. If you are looking for a companion animal, please adopt from an animal shelter or rescue group. You can find a list of organizations near you, and see photos of animals of many species who need homes by visiting PetFinder.com.