According to the American SPCA, approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters in the United States every year, with approximately 1.2 million dogs being euthanized annually in these shelters for no other reason than lack of space.
I assume that majority of people living in the U.S are unaware of this number, or they wouldn't be buying or breeding animals. But how can they not know? Doesn't everyone see the Sarah MacLachlan "Angel" commercials, that seems to last 5 times as long as any other commercial? Am I the only one that sees this commercial at least once a week?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the extreme pet overpopulation in our country, from the emerging "throwaway" mentality that seems to be unique to these United States, to people genuinely believing that the dogs they breed do not end up in shelters. Ever. Lack of education regarding spaying & neutering, and access to low or no cost services contribute to this high number as well. This series of blog posts will focus on dog rescue - why they exist, why you should choose one for your next pet, and how we can end the need for them to exist.