Despite 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!)
There are over 8 million abandoned, stray or unwanted pets in animal shelters in the US
1 in 20 pet cats and dogs end up in shelters every year
1/2 of the dogs sent to shelters will be euthanized
3 – 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters in the US annually
More than 25% of shelter dogs are purebred (but mutts are the BEST!)
On average only 10% of pets brought to shelters are spayed or neutered
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
Don’t support puppy mills
Find the furry love of your life
The life you save and the love you give are worth more to that animal than you can imagine
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.