Does color matter?
With Halloween being right around the corner (literally), did you know that black cats in shelters are most likely to be euthanized due to the superstitions surrounding them? Black dogs in shelters don't have it much better. Every year, roughly 6.5 million cats and dogs end up in shelters with roughly 1.5 million being euthanized. Statistics show that about a quarter of pets that end up in shelters are owner surrenders. Thankfully, it would seem that the public perception of rescuing cats and dogs is shifting in a more positive direction.
Compared to the 1970s, the amount of people in America who own pets has increased by about 300%. Pets offer an abundance of positive feelings such as no-strings-attached love and companionship. Most people would say that their pet isn't just a pet, but instead a full fledged family member! This means that more people are insuring their pets and scheduling more preventative visits to help give their pets long, healthy lives.
While the idea of having a purebred dog is decreasing in importance, having a rescue dog is an increasing trend. One of the lesser-known statistics is that roughly 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred! The fees to adopt shelter animals are most times much lower than purchasing purebred animals and, in general, include shots and being fixed while those expenses would be separate otherwise. There are also a variety of shelters who run specials during the October and November months as well for animals with mostly black coloring.
If you rescue your pet, remember that they had experiences previous to you that are completely unknown. It might take some time and a lot of patience for them to get acclimated into their new home. Be gentle and let them build trust in you.
In it for the long haul.
Remember, when getting a pet, whether through a private seller or a shelter, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with it. Proper identification is very handy to list your phone number along with your pet's name if someone finds it. Microchipping your pet can save you so much time and heartache if it gets loose, as well. Some shelters will include this procedure as a part of the adoption!
If you aren't ready for the full commitment of a pet, there are other ways to help! Most animal shelters have volunteer opportunities or you can always donate money! From now until December 15th, if you buy from my store, 10% of all purchases will be donated to an animal shelter! Support me as an author and support shelters and the animals that are the focal points to my children's books!