My Love for Animals Led to Helping Shelters

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Growing up I was one of those kids that would find abandoned or lost animals on the street and run home crying and begging my mom if we could please keep it, the answer was usually no but we would always check for a collar or tags then take it back home or call the animal shelters to come pick the lost pet up. The older I got the more I began to realize how many animals the shelters in my community and surrounding area had to take in and care for and how much of a financial and emotional drain it could be on the workers, of course I wanted to do my part to help these poor innocent animals and I began volunteering after school and during the summer whenever I had the chance. This experience showed me both the good and the bad of what animal shelters have to handle and deal with everyday, from feeding, cleaning, adoptions, medical care, general upkeep, and how expensive it was to protect and help these animals. I began to see that as the years progressed less people wanted shelter dogs and the shelters quickly became over populated and had trouble finding ways to lessen their load. Many of the animal shelters in the United States face this same exact problem and are overwhelmed by the number of unwanted pets. There are many things that could lessen the strain such as mandatory spaying and neutering for pets that will not be used for breeding, tougher penalties to cut back on the number of dogs brought into shelters because of animal abuse, and having shelters hold adoption days at least twice a month to spread the word about older pet companions and to show the community how many animals the shelter takes in and cares for. Everyone at some point in time or another has gone by a Petco, a Petsmart, a Walmart, or even just a traders... ... middle of paper ... ...) All animals big or small deserve a loving caring family that will care for and treat them right. Animals need to be free from cages, to be able to run in a yard, play fetch, and chase a butterfly or two. For that vision to come true animal shelters need the help and support of their communities and for pet owners to take responsibility for their pets by neutering them. Works Cited Friends for pets’ foundation. (2014). Advantages of an older dog. Retrieved from "Leaner Pastures: As Horses Multiply, Neglect Cases Rise," Wall Street Journal, Jan. 7, 2008, p.1. AmericanHumaneAssociation (n.d.). Spaying & neutering . Retrieved from
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