August 16th is Homeless Animals Awareness Day. Unfortunately, there are millions of animals fending for themselves. Some were born homeless, while others are former pets that ran away or were abandoned. We believe that every animal deserves a loving home! While no one person can help every homeless pet, there are some things you can do to help fight this sad problem. A Portland, OR vet lists some key options below.
It’s always fun and exciting to bring a new pet into your household. However, think carefully before signing on to be a pet parent. When you adopt an animal, make sure that you are ready, willing, and able to care for that pet for its entire life. Adoption is forever!
Pet overpopulation is a huge problem, and one reason that there are so many animals in shelters. One of the best things you can do to help homeless pets is to make sure your own furry pal doesn’t contribute to their numbers by having unwanted litters. We know, puppies and kittens are adorable. However, even if you find great homes for your pet’s offspring, you really have no way to guarantee that their babies will fare that well.
When you are ready to adopt, go to a shelter or rescue, rather than a store or breeder. This is a wonderful way to both find your new pet and help promote good animal welfare!
There are many wonderful animal rescues out there, doing everything they can to help homeless pets. Some focus on rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption. Others perform TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) services on homeless cats, in order to help keep numbers down. These organizations very much depend on volunteers and donations. Consider dropping off some unused pet supplies, or offering a monetary donation. If you have a bit more time on your hands, you can even volunteer or foster!
Last but not least, spreading awareness about the plight of homeless pets will also help. You never know: even sharing a post on social media can make a difference. Think of this as a butterfly effect scenario: it’s a wonderful way to help grow and spread awareness about this issue.
Please contact us, your local Portland, OR vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!