Some days these posts just write themselves. Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day. Yes, I know they are talking about people and the fact that we have millions of homeless men, women, and children on the streets. And we encourage everyone to help those in need and to support programs that are out there for the human homeless.
But this morning let’s also talk about dogs who have no homes. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates about 3.3 million dogs enter US animal shelters every year.
The no-kill movement, which is a good thing, has contributed to the population growth, as the number of dogs and cats that are euthanized has decreased 20 million to 3 million each year. There are nearly 14,000 shelters and pet rescue groups in the U.S. that acquire almost 8 million animals each year. And we are only one of those groups doing our part to find permanent roofs for homeless dogs.
NEW PAWSibilities rescues dogs from a high-kill shelter and places as many dogs as possible into lifelong, loving homes. We provide them with basic needs and care and adopt them into committed families like yours. We work to eliminate the stigma of “un-adoptability” because we know some dogs do need some physical or emotional rehabilitation before they are ready for that permanent home. Our goal is to find an adopter whose lifestyle and family configuration is a perfect match for one of our amazing dogs.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 1.6 million dogs are adopted from U.S. shelters each year, but 34 percent of dogs obtained as pets still come from breeders. We’ve discussed and will continue to educate people in Northeast Wisconsin about the benefits of adopting versus going to a breeder. If at possible, when you are considering adding a dog into your family, adopt don’t shop will always be our motto.
Today as we celebrate National Roof Over Your Head Day we implore you to not forget the dogs. A shelter is not a home. Please visit our Featured Dog page and learn about Rusty, Jeremy, and Bacon. We’ve been working hard with these three high energy dogs to socialize them and to get them ready to be placed in a home. Maybe that home is yours.
We have many other dogs who would love to be home by Christmas. These dogs are ready to be loved and to love back. They ask very little but give so much. Please consider coming to meet some of our fantastic dogs so that many of them have a roof over their head.