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Shelters are overwhelmed because of the large amounts of animals coming to them with not enough resources to take care of them. Shelters that are government paid don’t receive nearly enough money and non-profit shelters are only relying on donations. This results in 2.7 million adoptable animals put down each year. While animal overpopulation and spaying/neutering cause the large amounts of animals, the solution for this is to have shelters. However, they cannot do their job due to lack of funding. Any other ideas on how to address the root of the problem?
Great to hear more about this issue. I was wondering, have you thought why there are so many animals ending in shelters? Are these animals that someone had as pets and then had to send to the shelters? If that’s the case, why are people sending them to these shelters?
They are struggling financially and can’t afford to take care of them, they are moving, their homes are too crowded, they can’t handle the responsibilities, landlords forcing them no get rid of pets, personal problems, inadequate facilities, behavioral issues, allergies, etc. However the main cause for surrendering an animals is moving.
Thanks a lot for the additional details. It sounds like you have already been identifying many of the causes of this injustice. Have you done some interviews with pet owners or other people that have had to send animals to shelters to see what else could be done to avoid this from happening? For example, was there anything that they could have done earlier on before committing to the responsibility of buying a pet to ensure they could keep it even if they had to move?
Sorry for all the questions. I am very intrigued about ways in how we could solve this terrible injustice.
No problem, I am exited to! I have not talked to any one who has surrendered a pet, but I have talked to people who deal with the surrendered pets. Most often, it is is because of a problem that was unknown before adopting. For example; I know many people who have developed allergies to their pets overtime. This was a big problem in my father’s case because he became deathly allergic to his cats. With moving, most of the time, nothing can be done about it. They could have to move unexpectedly and quickly, they might move to a smaller home, their new home might not allow pets, etc. However, I do agree that more planning work needs to go into adoption.
Thanks for the additional comments. I think it would be great to add to your project some more research with people that have surrendered their pets to see if alongside your other efforts you can also try and address some of those causes. We have a tool that gives you ideas on questions to ask. If you want to use it, you can download it here: https://www.peacefirstchallenge.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/U1-TalkingToOthers-20161003-v02-1.pdf
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