Half Of The Country’s 6 Million Shelter Animals May Be Euthanized This Year. Here’s What You Can Do To Change That

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9. Be a Responsible Pet Guardian

Stray animals don’t appear out of nowhere. Many of them were former pets, perhaps even from loving forever homes. Having your pet microchipped, kerping them on-leash when going for walks, and keeping an eye on them when they’re let outside to do their business can keep your animal from running off, keep them from winding up homeless, and prevent needless heartache.

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8. If you see a stray, say something

There’s no telling how many lost pets would be reunited with their owners if community members could just alert their neighbors each time they saw a stray. Today, thanks to social media, the means for this discourse is already available.

If you see an animal roaming free, post a message on any relevant local Facebook groups or shelter pages, along with Twitter, animal rescue forums, and other online resources you may have access to.

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7. Practice TNR

Even if you work a regular 9 to 5, there is still time in the day to help spay and neuter local strays. Many communities have nonprofit organizations devoted specifically to Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) methods.

Contact a TNR group when you see a stray. Ask someone to come out with a humane trap, take the animal to the nearest veterinary clinic where it can be spayed or neutered, and release it back where it was found.

There’s no telling how many lives you can save with a single call.

Click to see how you can save millions of animals from euthanasia this year

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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