Home(less) for the Holidays – Pets Without Homes

At holiday time, our thoughts turn to home and family. There is nothing more wonderful than a festive gathering of all our loved ones – including our dogs. We at Bed and Biscuit Austin thought it might be a nice time to take a moment to think about the millions of dogs living in animal shelters who are without loving homes.

animal-shelterMost of us have a general awareness that there is a terrible problem of homeless animals in this country. But, once in a while it is a good idea to refresh our perspective on the statistics.

  • 7 million companion animals are surrendered to animal shelters every year
  • Every ten seconds another animal is euthanized in an animal shelter
  • 3-4 million pets are euthanized each year because of overpopulation
  • 25% of all dogs in animal shelters are purebred dogs
  • Only 15-20% of dogs picked up as strays ever find their way back to their owners
  • One of the leading reasons dogs end up in animal shelters is because owners do not secure them properly at home
  • Only 10% of dogs who enter animal shelters are spayed or neutered

There are a number of things that contribute the problem of homeless pets. One of the biggest continues to be that pet owners are not getting their dogs spayed or neutered. By spaying and neutering, we can prevent millions of animals from the terrible fate of spending their last days in animal shelters.

Escaped pets also often end up in animal shelters. People have a tendency to underestimate their pet’s ability to escape from enclosures. Others let their dogs roam free, thinking erroneously that they won’t stray from home.

Another big reason for the problem of homeless pets is that there are those who make the decision to get a dog without thinking about what that involves. As all responsible pet owners know, caring for a dog is an extremely time-consuming, difficult and expensive undertaking. Many people take on this responsibility without considering the long term.

Finally, pets without ID tags – or wearing ID tags with outdated information – can wander very quickly from home only to end up in animal shelters with no way for anyone to link them to their families. Even some of the most responsible pet owners who feed their dogs well, keep them up to date on vaccinations and spay or neuter them can lose their beloved canine family members in no time at all.

This is one of those topics that no one likes to think about – especially animal lovers. It is so hard to think about the unhappiness that the statistics represent. Anyone who knows anything about dogs knows what a sad and frightening experience it must be for them to be in an animal shelter, where they will spend the rest of their lives. And, as bad as we imagine it is for them, in reality it is probably worse.

But, this is also a problem that has a solution. And anyone who is willing can be part of that solution. Each and every one of us can do our part to make the problem better and reduce the suffering for all the homeless pets that deserve love just like the rest of us.

Stay tuned for our next blog post, where we will share with you some of the meaningful steps you can take to help improve the problem of homeless pets.


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