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.
Those places are called animal shelters and SPCA’s.
What are animal shelters? Why do we have animal shelters? Where are they located? Who works there?
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
I plan to educate my classmates, the truth behind animal shelters and what they do to save lives and give second chances.
Not all shelters kill. There are some smaller local shelters that take in a certain amount of animals and try to find homes for them. Not all animals whom are turned in lost are immediately euthanized. Most to all employees interact with the animals. They bathe, groom, play and socialize with almost all of the animals. All animals are cared for. All donated items, beds, blankets, food and even money are put towards the animals and the animals only.
There are three locations, Conshohocken, Abington and Perkiomenville. All three have cats, dogs and small rodents.
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.
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. That also includes spay and neuteringPet 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
Focuses mainly on rescuing puppies from puppy mills.
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.
Raisins and Grapes: causes diarrhea, vomiting and kidney failureOnions: can be fatalChocolate: can be fatal, increase urination, muscle tremors, rapid heart rate, seizuresNuts: temporary paralysisGum: rapid drop in blood sugar
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!!
I volunteered my time atFrancisvale and Main Line Animal Rescue. I cleaned cages and played with some of their animals. I donated towels, food and cleaning supplies to both shelters and gave a helping hand when they asked. I also made a video showing the importance of adopting. At my job I also fostered kittens until they were about three months of age.
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 Real Truth…<br />Behind Animal Shelters<br />
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 />
Answering the questions…who what where and why?<br />What? <br />Facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals, mostly a large variety of dogs and cats of all breeds and ages. <br />Why?<br />To help place and give unwanted animals a second chance with a loving family<br />Where?<br />Locally<br />Who?<br />Anyone interested in working with animals<br />
Know your Facts!<br />1970’s:<br /> 67 million pets at home<br />12-20 million dogs & cats euthanized<br />2000’s:<br />135 million pets at home<br />6-8 million cats & dogs turned in<br />3-4 million euthanized<br />"Interesting Facts." Buzzle. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-18-2002-11781.asp><br />
Did you Know?<br />Adult animals vs. puppies and kittens<br />One out of 10 dogs<br />5,000 independent shelter<br />Seven dogs and cats to one person<br />600,000-700,000 animals reunited<br />25% purebred<br />Mutts live longer<br />No animal may leave a shelter without being spayed or neutered<br />"Interesting Facts." Buzzle. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-18-2002-11781.asp><br />
Overcrowded<br />Low adoption rates<br />Relinquished by their owners or rescued from the street<br />Need of homes<br />Economy: Because of hard times, finically one may not be able to afford a furry friend<br />Breed: Due to the how animal is (color, breed, size) one will not adopt <br />Example: Superstition (black cat), black eyes (dogs with dark fur and dark eyes) and stereotypes (American Staffordshire) <br />Ten Facts." Born Free USA. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.bornfreeusa.org/facts.php?more=1&p=445><br />
Neglect and physical abuse</li></ul>Times<br />Money<br />Illness or Injuries<br />Death<br />Divorce<br />"Interesting Facts." Buzzle. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/2-18-2002-11781.asp><br />6 Myths on Animal Shelters." Bukisa, Share Your Knowledge. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.bukisa.com/articles/14977_6-myths-about-animal-shelters-spcas-etc><br />"Why Adopt?" Pet Rescue. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.petrescue.com.au/why_adopt/>.<br />
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 />
Myths: true or false<br />Euthanizing:<br /> All shelters kill animals-FALSE!<br />Lost animals are automatically euthanized. “If not claimed If my pet gets lost and ends up in an animal shelter, it could be euthanized immediately.”-FALSE! <br />Employees:<br />Employees do not interact with the animals-FALSE<br />Donations:<br />Shelters use all donated items-TRUE<br />Common Myths on Animal Shelters." Bring Home Pets. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.bringpetshome.org/about-shelters/common-myths-about-animal-shelters.aspx>.<br />6 Myths on Animal Shelters." Bukisa, Share Your Knowledge. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.bukisa.com/articles/14977_6-myths-about-animal-shelters-spcas-etc><br />
SPCA<br />Three locations<br />Established in 1909<br />All have domestic cats, dogs, small rodents (hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, etc.) and birds<br />Conshohocken: Veterinarian facility and main office<br />Perkiomenville: Pet cemetery, horse farm, and veterinarian facility<br />Abington: House small animals <br />Montgomery County Spca. Carmen Rioni. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <www.montgomerycountspca.org>.<br />
Purpose<br />Adoption<br />Animal Cruelty Investigations<br />Education<br />Lost Animals<br />Mobile Adoption Unit<br />Rescues<br />Spay and Neuter Program<br />Montgomery County Spca. Carmen Rioni. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <www.montgomerycountspca.org>.<br />
Adopting<br />Process: Lost animals, puppies and certain breeds require applications<br />Cats<br />$20 include vaccinations, spay and neuter<br />2 weeks free vet care<br />Dogs<br />$56 include vaccinations, spay and neuter<br />2 weeks free vet care<br />Small Animals<br />$5 <br />2 weeks free vet care<br />
Here to Help<br />Donations<br />Foster<br />Volunteer<br />Report abused animals<br />
Francisvale Shelter<br />Founded in 1909 <br />Philadelphia<br />Placing abused, unwanted and abandoned animals<br />House 30+ cats<br />House 25-45 dogs<br />Francisvale Home. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://francisvalehome.org/index.php/about/>.<br />
Purpose<br />Mission: A no kill shelter, accepting adoptable cats and dogs, providing care while looking for permanent homes<br />Sheltering and placing animals<br />Educating<br />Medical treatment (if needed) <br />Pet Cemetery<br />Francisvale Home. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://francisvalehome.org/index.php/about/>.<br />
Adopting<br />All animals need an application<br />Must have shelter visit<br />Must have home visit<br />Cats<br />Older cats: $20<br />Young Adults - Kittens: $30<br />Dogs<br />Older: $125<br />Young Adults: $150<br />Puppies: $200 <br />
Here to Help<br />Donations<br />Volunteer<br />Advertise<br />
Main Line Animal Rescue<br />Established in 1998 <br />Non-kill shelter<br />
Purpose<br />Rescues dogs from puppy mills <br />Take in abandoned, lost, unwanted dogs and cats<br />Improve conditions of all shelters<br />
Adopting<br />Must have application for all animals<br />Cats<br />Dogs<br />
Animal Shelter History<br />1866 New York<br />Dogs to drown by the hundreds<br />1950-1960 canned cat/dog food was introduced followed by cat litter<br />Law and responsibilities were placed with each animal<br />
Animal Tips<br />Dogs and Cats<br />Do not feed: <br />Raisins and Grapes<br />Onions<br />Chocolate<br />Nuts<br />Gum<br />All animals should see a vet yearly and receive their rabies and distemper shots. Check for Lyme disease and other common illnesses. Keep tags on their collars and make sure you control your animal at all times Always make sure you take care of your animals wants and needs. Remember owning a pet is a big responsibility. <br />
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 />Shelter Facts." The Humane Society of The United States. Web. 3 Mar. 2010. <http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pet_overpopulation/<br />
All shelters ask you to report any animal abuse around the area. If an animal is in need of medical attention due to neglect, abuse, etc, it is our duty to step in and help. <br />If you witness any abuse to cats, dogs, small animals, etc call: <br />911 (your local police)<br />ASPCA <br />Your local shelter or animal control<br />
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 />
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 />