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Homeless Animals


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Shelters: Overpopulation
“5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats)”
“Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, while 78 percent of pet dogs and 88 percent of pet cats are spayed or neutered”

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Homeless Animals

  1. 1. ““Four million catsFour million cats and dogs—aboutand dogs—about one every eightone every eight seconds—are putseconds—are put down in U.S.down in U.S. shelters eachshelters each year.”year.”
  2. 2. Living on the StreetsLiving on the Streets There areThere are up to 70up to 70 millionmillion stray catsstray cats in thein the UnitedUnited StatesStates The populationThe population of cats isof cats is bigger than thebigger than the population ofpopulation of people inpeople in California andCalifornia and
  3. 3. Shelters:Shelters: OverpopulationOverpopulation • ““5 million to 7 million5 million to 7 million companion animals entercompanion animals enter animal shelters nationwideanimal shelters nationwide every year, andevery year, and approximately 3 million toapproximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70(60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats)”percent of cats)” ““Only 10 percent of theOnly 10 percent of the animals received by sheltersanimals received by shelters have been spayed orhave been spayed or neutered, while 78 percent ofneutered, while 78 percent of pet dogs and 88 percent ofpet dogs and 88 percent of pet cats are spayed orpet cats are spayed or neutered”neutered”
  4. 4. Adoption IssuesAdoption Issues • Too old :Too old : Everyone wants puppies and kittensEveryone wants puppies and kittens • Behavior :Behavior : Animals are labeled “unadoptable”Animals are labeled “unadoptable” because of their behaviorbecause of their behavior • Overpopulation:Overpopulation:
  5. 5. What can youWhat can you do to help?do to help? • VolunteerVolunteer • Help your communityHelp your community • Take care of your animalsTake care of your animals • Spread the wordSpread the word
  6. 6. 1.1. Find a Humane SocietyFind a Humane Society near younear you 2.2. Apply to volunteerApply to volunteer 3.3. Volunteer!Volunteer! • ““Animal Companion volunteersAnimal Companion volunteers increase our animals' chancesincrease our animals' chances for adoption by providing neededfor adoption by providing needed support and companionshipsupport and companionship through socializing, training andthrough socializing, training and grooming the animals (dogs,grooming the animals (dogs, cats, and rabbits). Volunteerscats, and rabbits). Volunteers also help the staff maintain aalso help the staff maintain a clean environment for ourclean environment for our animals.”animals.”
  7. 7. Take Care of Your AnimalsTake Care of Your Animals • Walk your dogsWalk your dogs • PlayPlay • LoveLove • Lead by exampleLead by example
  8. 8. Educate: Spread the WordEducate: Spread the Word • EducateEducate Others:Others: 1.1. OverpopulationOverpopulation 2.2. Adoption/FosterAdoption/Foster 3.3. Options we have to helpOptions we have to help - VolunteerVolunteer - DonateDonate - Spread the Word:Spread the Word: Adopt to save a lifeAdopt to save a life
  9. 9. Don’t BuyDon’t Buy • Instead of payingInstead of paying hundreds of dollars to buyhundreds of dollars to buy a puppy, save a life anda puppy, save a life and adopt at a shelter.adopt at a shelter.
  10. 10. What I’m doingWhat I’m doing to helpto help 1.1. Build :Build : 5 cat structures5 cat structures 2.2. Volunteer :Volunteer : reach out to myreach out to my communitycommunity 3.3. Educate :Educate : about theabout the importance of animal shelters,importance of animal shelters, adoption, and animal behavioradoption, and animal behavior 4.4. Spread the word :Spread the word : create ancreate an informational brochure withinformational brochure with instructions on how to build catinstructions on how to build cat structures and the importancestructures and the importance an animal’s environment has onan animal’s environment has on their behaviortheir behavior
  11. 11. Questions 1. About how many cats and dogs are abandoned each year? 2. About how many animals are reported being not treated right by their owners each year? 3. Out of every 10 dogs born, how many do you think will find a home? 4. What is a “Puppy Mill”?
  12. 12. Thank you for listening!