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  • Every year, animals, cats, dogs and small animals are turned into animal shelters for varies of reasons. Every year, someone purchases an animal from a breeder or an animal store. When purchasing an animal, animals turned into a shelter have more of a lesser chance of getting adopted. When you buy one, you get one killed.
  • I plan to educate my classmates, the truth behind animal shelters and what they do to save lives and give second chances.
  • In the 1970s’ more than 12 million animals were euthanized. In 2000 the numbers have decreased.6-8 million animals are signed into animal shelters each year. Each year 3-4 million animals are euthanized.
  • Adult animals make better pets than puppies and kittens because younger animals require more work and attention. Adult cats and dogs have a lesser chance of being adopted than the younger ones. Adult cats and dogs are usually trained and had been around children and other animals. One out of ten dogs will ever find a permanent home. There are over 5000 shelters that are run independently. Seven cats and dogs born everyday for each one person born in the U.S.Bout 600,000 to 700,000 animals that are turned into shelters that are lost, are claimed by their ownersOnly 25% of all dogs in shelters are purebredsMixed dogs tend to live a longer life than a purebredIt is a state law that in Pennsylvania, no animal may leave the shelter without being fixed, unless they are under weight or under age.
  • Despite animals are popular at home, animal shelters around the area are overcrowded with dogs and cats. We answer the question of why. Shelters have low adoption rate because of no interest due to the economy and the animals breed. I have heard and seen many stories where animals are turned away because of how they look. It is a shame when an animal is brought into this world with a stereotype right away.
  • Answering the question of why animals are turned in. When people do not have enough time to spend with their animal, they feel it is best to turn them in. When a family can no longer provide finically, they turn their pet in. When their owner is in the hospital due to illness or injury and they can no longer care for their animals. When their owner dies and the family has no desire to take the animal in. When there is a divorce the adults can not come to an agreement, the animal is usually taken in for a happier life. If a child is brought into the family, the cat or dog could be too much to handle or too wild around the child(ren). A lot of times animals are taken in because their owner is moving either a long distance or to a home that does no allow animals. Some sadder stories include animals taken away from people because of poor conditions they are living in and how they treat the animals
  • What? Facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals, mostly a large variety of dogs and cats of all breeds and ages. Why?To help place and give unwanted animals a second chance with a loving familyWhere?LocallyWho?Anyone interested in working with animals
  • 1866 a law was designed to prevent cruelty to farm, and work animals. Each day, people would round up stray dogs, a hundred each day and would drown them in the East River. In 1888 animal shelters were now opening up across the nation and animal control was now controlling all lose and out of control animals wandering the streets. In 1950 and 1960 canned cat and dog food was introduced allow with cat litter, making cats and dogs a more popular house pets.
  • There are three locations, Conshohocken, Abington and Perkiomenville. All three have cats, dogs and small rodents. Three locationsEstablished in 1909All have domestic cats, dogs, small rodents (hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, etc.) and birdsConshohocken: Veterinarian facility and main officePerkiomenville: Pet cemetery, horse farm, and veterinarian facilityAbington: House small animals
  • Adoption- An effort is made by the staff to provide assistance and background information on the animals. All animals up for adoption are treated with vaccinations to keep them healthy and safe. Animal Cruelty Investigations- Humane police officer investigates reports of animal abuse and neglect. They issue warnings and citations for cruelty to animalsEducation- The humane educator goes to different schools and teaches children (ages 3-18) on animal safety and proper care). Lost Animals- Animals that are brought in by police, animal control and public are treated and vaccinated. Every effort is made to find their owners or find a home for them Mobile Adoption Unit- A van takes adopted animals to public places and eventsRescues- Ambulance is used for rescuing stray, injured or distress animals in needSpay and Neuter Program- An effort to help with pet overpopulation
  • Donations – include towels, food (dogs, cats, bird, small animals), blankets, toys, bedding, cages, litter, money, newspaper, etcFostering – small animals such as underage kittens and puppies, must be 18 years or older and own your own house. Volunteering – volunteer your time to clean and interact with animals
  • Originally founded in 1909 in the Philadelphia area. They take in older animals that have been abused, neglected and no longer wanted at their homes. They play and interact with each and every animal. They get to know each of their furry friends and everyday make them feel welcomed. Founded in 1909 PhiladelphiaPlacing abused, unwanted and abandoned animalsHouse 30+ catsHouse 25-45 dogs
  • Sheltering and placing animals- place animals that were unwanted or abandonedEducating- they try to raise awareness of the plight of homeless animals as well as realizing the benefits of adopting an animal in needMedical treatment- Ensuring all animals receive medical treatment. Pet Cemetery- manage a cemetery for the public to bury and visit their animals after they have past away.
  • Donations – include towels, food (dogs, cats, bird, small animals), blankets, toys, bedding, cages, litter, money, newspaper, etcVolunteering – volunteer your time to clean and interact with animalsAdvertise - Help make francisvale successful. Tell your friends, family and neighborhood about this non-kill shelter
  • Established in 1998 Phoenixville100+ dogs75+ cats
  • Focuses mainly on rescuing puppies from puppy mills.
  • A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation. The health of the animal is unimportant. They reproduce dogs for a profit. The dogs are sold to pet stores They place the dogs up on the market under weight and under age. Started during WWII. Started on farms for cash crops. Missouri and Pa are considered the largest puppy mill states in the countryWhen the females can no longer reproduce, they are killed. Also physical injured puppies are killedAll the animals are housed in overcrowded unsanitary conditions with no vet treatment. They do not get exercise, treats, toys or grooming
  • Illness, disease and fearful behavior and lack of socialization with humans and other animals are common characteristics from puppy mills. Some illnesses that puppy mill animals can get are:Heart and kidney diseaseDiabetesBlood DisordersDeafnessEye problems Respiratory infectionDistemperMange PneumoniaFleas and TicksIntestinal parasites Heart and hook wormChronic Diarrhea
  • 1. Millions of cats and dogs are euthanized each year. Many give up their pets for different reasons, few people adopt an animal from a shelter. Because of limited space staff members need to make very difficult decisions. When you adopt, you save two lives, the animal of which you adopt and a homeless animal that will have space in the shelter.2. All animals receive medical attention before they are adopted out of the shelter. Pet stores and breeders fail to treat the cats and dogs up for sale3.Adopting an animal a 10 times cheaper then buying one. The average cost of adopting a cat is $20 and a dog if $60 which includes yearly shots, treatment and spay and neutering. In pet stores and breeders, none of their cats and dogs receive shot or are fixed. They usually become more sick easily. 4. Adopting an animal is doing a good deed5. Buying your pet means you support and allow puppy mills and breeders. You are paying them to abuse and sometimes neglect animals. You are saying it is ok to do so!!
  • Deciding on what animal is right, is the most important step. It is good to read up on the cat, dog or other small animal you are interested in. Visit your local shelters to see what type of animal you may want to adopt.Make sure your house is safe and okay for the animal you are adopting. Living in a dangerous condition can be very harmful to yourself, your family and your pet.Make sure you can afford and properly take care of your pet. Buying food, toys and paying for their vet visits.
  • The Truth Behind Animal Shelters

    1. 1.<br />
    2. 2. The Real Truth…<br />Behind Animal Shelters<br />
    3. 3. Thesis<br />Animal shelters are viewed differently by each person, some think highly of them, while others oppose them, in reality shelters around the area are making a difference and it is up to us to educate ourselves in order to help make a difference to save a life.<br />
    4. 4. Boys<br />My <br />
    5. 5. Outline<br /><ul><li>Facts
    6. 6. Shelter History
    7. 7. SPCA, Francisvale, Main Line Animal Rescue
    8. 8. Puppy Mills
    9. 9. Application
    10. 10. Activity
    11. 11. Conclusion</li></li></ul><li>Know your Facts!<br />1970’s:<br /><ul><li> 67 million pets at home
    12. 12. 12-20 million dogs & cats euthanized</li></ul>2000’s:<br /><ul><li>135 million pets at home
    13. 13. 6-8 million cats & dogs turned in
    14. 14. 3-4 million euthanized</li></ul>"Interesting Facts." Buzzle. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <><br />
    15. 15. Know your Facts!<br /><ul><li>Adult animals vs. puppies and kittens
    16. 16. One out of 10 dogs
    17. 17. 5,000 independent shelter
    18. 18. Seven dogs and cats to one person
    19. 19. 600,000-700,000 animals reunited
    20. 20. 25% purebred
    21. 21. Mutts live longer
    22. 22. No animal may leave a shelter without being spayed or neutered</li></ul>"Interesting Facts." Buzzle. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <><br />
    23. 23. Overcrowded<br /><ul><li>Low adoption rates
    24. 24. Relinquished by their owners or rescued from the street
    25. 25. Need of homes
    26. 26. Economy: Because of hard times, finically one may not be able to afford a furry friend
    27. 27. Breed: Due to the how animal is (color, breed, size) one will not adopt
    28. 28. Example: Superstition (black cat), black eyes (dogs with dark fur and dark eyes) and stereotypes (American Staffordshire) </li></ul>Ten Facts." Born Free USA. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <><br />
    29. 29. Cold Shoulder<br /><ul><li>Time
    30. 30. Money
    31. 31. Illness or Injuries
    32. 32. Death
    33. 33. Divorce
    34. 34. Children
    35. 35. Breed
    36. 36. Moving
    37. 37. Abuse
    38. 38. Neglect and physical abuse</li></ul>"Interesting Facts." Buzzle. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <><br />6 Myths on Animal Shelters." Bukisa, Share Your Knowledge. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <><br />"Why Adopt?" Pet Rescue. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />
    39. 39. There’s a place in your community where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, and the abandoned are provided care for unwanted animals.<br />ASPCA. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 2009. Web. 2 Dec. 2009. <>.<br />
    40. 40. What, Where and Why?<br />
    41. 41. Animal Shelter History<br /><ul><li>1866 New York
    42. 42. Dogs to drown by the hundreds
    43. 43. 1950-1960 canned cat/dog food was introduced followed by cat litter
    44. 44. Law and responsibilities were placed with each animal</li></ul> "History of Animal Shelters and Protection Societies." Pet Focused. Web. 19 Apr. 2010.<br />
    45. 45. SPCA<br />Montgomery County Spca. Carmen Rioni. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />
    46. 46. Purpose<br /><ul><li>Adoption
    47. 47. Animal Cruelty Investigations
    48. 48. Education
    49. 49. Lost Animals
    50. 50. Mobile Adoption Unit
    51. 51. Rescues
    52. 52. Spay and Neuter Program</li></ul>Montgomery County Spca. Carmen Rioni. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />
    53. 53. Adopting<br /><ul><li>Process: Lost animals, puppies and certain breeds require applications
    54. 54. Cats
    55. 55. $20 include vaccinations, spay and neuter
    56. 56. 2 weeks free vet care
    57. 57. Dogs
    58. 58. $56 include vaccinations, spay and neuter
    59. 59. 2 weeks free vet care
    60. 60. Small Animals
    61. 61. $5
    62. 62. 2 weeks free vet care</li></ul>Montgomery County Spca. Carmen Rioni. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />
    63. 63. Here to Help<br /><ul><li>Donations
    64. 64. Foster
    65. 65. Volunteer
    66. 66. Report abused animals</li></li></ul><li>Francisvale Shelter<br />Francisvale Home. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />
    67. 67. Purpose<br /><ul><li>Mission: A no kill shelter, accepting adoptable cats and dogs, providing care while looking for permanent homes
    68. 68. Sheltering and placing animals
    69. 69. Educating
    70. 70. Medical treatment (if needed)
    71. 71. Pet Cemetery</li></ul>Francisvale Home. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />
    72. 72. Adopting<br /><ul><li>All animals need an application
    73. 73. Must have shelter visit
    74. 74. Must have home visit
    75. 75. Cats
    76. 76. Older cats: $20
    77. 77. Young Adults - Kittens: $30
    78. 78. Dogs
    79. 79. Older: $125
    80. 80. Young Adults: $150
    81. 81. Puppies: $200 </li></li></ul><li>Here to Help<br /><ul><li>Donations
    82. 82. Volunteer
    83. 83. Advertise</li></li></ul><li>Main Line Animal Rescue<br />Main Line Animal Rescue. 2000. Web. 20 Mar. 2010.<br />
    84. 84. Purpose<br /><ul><li>Rescues dogs from puppy mills
    85. 85. Take in abandoned, lost, unwanted dogs and cats
    86. 86. Improve conditions of all shelters</li></ul>Main Line Animal Rescue. 2000. Web. 20 Mar. 2010.<br />
    87. 87. Adopting<br /><ul><li>Must have application for all animals
    88. 88. Cats
    89. 89. Donation
    90. 90. Spay/Neuter
    91. 91. Year Shots
    92. 92. Dogs
    93. 93. Donation
    94. 94. Spay/Neuter
    95. 95. Year Shots</li></li></ul><li>Here to Help<br /><ul><li>Donate
    96. 96. Volunteer</li></li></ul><li>Puppy Mills<br />"What Is a Puppy Mill?" ASPCA. 2010. Web. 9 May 2010.<br />
    97. 97. Risk of Buying a Puppy Mill Animal<br />"What Is a Puppy Mill?" ASPCA. 2010. Web. 9 May 2010.<br />
    98. 98. Application<br />
    99. 99. Activity<br />
    100. 100. Special Thanks<br />Information (statistics, facts and information) on Main Line Animal Rescue, SPCA, and Francisvale came directly from the shelter workers and managers. All pictures were curtsey of Montgomery County SPCA, Francisvale and Main Line Animal Shelter<br />Carmen Ronio – SPCA shelter owner <br />Allowing to take pictures of animals<br />Heather – Francisvale Manager<br />Allowing to take pictures, tour and interact with animals<br />Steven Conway – SPCA Educator<br />Educating on SPCA history<br />Stevie – Main Line Animal Rescue Manager<br />Allowing to take pictures, interact with animals and tour<br />
    101. 101. •6 Myths on Animal Shelters." Bukisa, Share Your Knowledge. Web. 3 Mar. 2010.<br />•ASPCA. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 2009. Web. 2 Dec. 2009.<br />•Bruun, Erik. “Animal Rights Moment.” Dictionary of American History 1.3 (2003): 186-187. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 2 Dec. 2009. <‌ps/‌<br />•Common Myths on Animal Shelters." Bring Home Pets. Web. 3 Mar. 2010.<br />• “Facts." Born Free USA. Web. 3 Mar. 2010.<br />•Francisvale Home. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />• "History of Animal Shelters and Protection Societies." Pet Focused. Web. 19 Apr. 2010.<br />•"Interesting Facts." Buzzle. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>Ten<br />•Main Line Animal Rescue. 2000. Web. 20 Mar. 2010.<br />•Montgomery County Spca. Carmen Rioni. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />•Shelter Facts." The Humane Society of The United States. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <<br />•"Why Adopt?" Pet Rescue. Web. 3 Mar. 2010.<br />•<br /><ul><li>
    102. 102.
    103. 103.
    104. 104.</li></ul>Work Cited<br />
    105. 105. Adopt don’t Buy<br />Top five reasons:<br />Save a life<br />Healthy Pet<br />Save Money<br />Feel Better<br />Won’t support puppy mills and pet stores<br />
    106. 106. Adopt<br />When you are ready to adopt take the following steps:<br />Decide what animal is right <br />Visit local shelters<br />Safety proof your house<br />Properly care and pay for your pet<br />Care and Love your animal<br />Shelter Facts." The Humane Society of The United States. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <<br />