It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters because they’ve been abused or done something “wrong”. In fact, most animals are given to shelters because of “people reasons,” not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time or financial constraints are among the most common reasons why pets lose their homes.
Between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt. Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from the Appalachian SPCA, you’ll help save the lives of two animals – the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.