Why is today so important that I end up publishing an additional post this week, on a topic that could not be considered art, travel, nor leisure?
Well, today is a national day dedicated to a cause that I support, and I would love to raise awareness about: National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day! As you might know from my previous posts and pictures, on February 14thwe welcomed to our family two shelter pets: a cat named Lily, and a dog named Pops. They share two stories and we are truly blessed to have them as pets.
Lily is approximately 8 years old, and she was surrendered to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter after her family could not take care of her anymore. After 8 years of living with her, her previous parent fell ill, and he/she did not the energy to give her the attention and care she needed. However, she did not let this stop her and ruin her life. She has plenty of love to give, and she loves to snuggle with us… At her terms tho. She would love to snuggle with Pops too – according to the paperwork, she used to have two dogs as brothers – but Pops prefers human snuggles.
Now, it’s time to tell Pops’ story. He is a beagle/basset mix, and he is approximately 9 years old. We do not know much about him, because apparently, he spent much of his life as a stray. However, we know that he is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met in my life. He is like a live version teddy bear. He snuggles with any human possible, whether it is a toddler, an adult, or a child. He loves people. He is a little picky when it comes to dogs, but overall, he is very social.
These are only two stories of the many pets waiting to find a home in the many animal shelters present in the country. Approximately 6.5 million pets enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year – 3.3m dogs and 3.2m cats approximately (ASPCA). Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized, and 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (ASPCA). If you want to read more into it, there are many websites that talk more about the subject.
I fully understand the joy and desire of getting a puppy from a breeder, and seeing it grow, train him… On the other hand, shelter dogs come with a personality of their own, a “street name”, and they might already be adults, or even seniors. But there is one thing shelter pets have: plenty of love to give.
Especially if you work full time and especially if you don’t have the time and resources to invest on a puppy, consider adopting a shelter dog, possibly an adult. They make perfect first dogs, because most pets from shelters come already potty trained. In addition, they could also come with all their vaccinations done, reducing the hassle for you. Finally, every time you bring a shelter pet home, you are not only saving his/her life: you are also saving the life of the pet who is going to take his/her kennel at the shelter.
Please, please consider adopting a shelter pet!