It’s a sad fact of life that not all shelter animals are simply stray animals picked up off the streets. Many were surrendered by previous owners who either could not or would not care for their animals.
Making the decision to surrender a pet at a shelter is never an easy one, but animal owners in Houston, Texas, seem to have less of an issue coming to a conclusion. When nearly 60 puppies were brought in to the Harris County Animal Shelter within the span of an hour, the volunteers who maintained the shelter’s Facebook page stepped into action.
“The shelter is full…so full that sweet dogs and cats who have done nothing wrong but exist may never see sunshine and grass again,” the post read. “If you are interested in adopting, please make it out to the shelter this weekend. You are their only hope.”
In all, more than 110 dogs were brought in to the Harris County Animal Shelter on Thursday, July 7. Just two days later, at least 90 of them had been adopted out, KHOU reports.
An outpouring of support from the Houston community was critical in re-homing so many of the animals that were surrendered at the shelter that day, but that doesn’t mean more pets won’t be returned in the future. The Harris County Animal Shelter, and many others across the country, are hoping prospective animal owners educate themselves before taking on a responsibility they are not prepared for.
According to the ASPCA, around 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized every year, as lack of space or resources lead some facilities to put the animals down, making room for new ones.
It’s important to note that there is never a reason to kill a heathy pet when it can be re-homed to a loving family just as easily. Organizations like Wings of Rescue help save homeless pets by flying them to shelters where they can be immediately adopted! They flew 10,000 pets to new homes last year alone!
You can also help us end convenience euthanasia by signing the petition below.
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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