The Issue: Pet Overpopulation and the Prevalence of Euthanasia
Five out of ten dogs and seven out of ten cats in shelters are killed by euthanasia if no one adopts them, simply due to lack of resources, according to data from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With new kennels, particularly during the busy kitten season, no-kill shelters can house more animals and reduce the number of adoptable cats and dogs killed each year.
The Campaign: Kennel to House More Kittens at No-Kill Shelter
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Homeward Pet Adoption Center to purchase housing units for homeless or abandoned cats. For every $750 raised, Homeward Pet Adoption Center can purchase one new Kitty Condo Model 520, a large cat kennel with living space for up to two litters of kittens at a time. This kennel has the potential to save more than 250 kittens each year, based on the shelter's average adoption rate from May to December.
Homeward Pet Adoption Center
As one of the largest no-kill shelters in Washington, Homeward Pet Adoption Center helps find permanent, loving homes for more than 1,400 cats and dogs each year. Forty percent of its animals are owner surrendered, and sixty percent are rescues from shelters that euthanize. A range of rescue, shelter, and adoption programs help the small staff and more than 350 volunteers in their mission to give homeless and abandoned companion animals a second chance. Additionally, Homeward Pet’s onsite veterinary-care team spays or neuters all the animals that enter the shelter, along with providing a general health assessment, a microchip, and any necessary treatments or vaccinations.
Homeward Pet also extends help to animals in the community with owners in need of financial assistance. In 2012, Homeward Pet’s low-cost clinic spayed or neutered more than 500 pets, and its pet-food bank collected and distributed more than 40,000 pounds of pet food to local families struggling to feed their animals. It also offers year-round discount microchipping and free microchipping three times a year, to ensure the safety of pets in the community.
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