The Issue: Animals Euthanized Across the Country
Of the estimated six to eight million dogs and cats that enter shelters each year in the United States, about three to four million are euthanized, according to data from The Humane Society of the United States. A significant portion of these animals are medically vulnerable and require veterinary services to save their lives. With proper medical care and vaccinations, they could be adopted into permanent homes.
The Campaign: Vaccinating Kittens and Puppies at a Shelter
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Richmond SPCA can vaccinate 42 kittens and puppies to prepare them for adoption. Each additional $10 raised will go toward spaying or neutering procedures, supplies for foster families, and formula. In 2012, the Richmond SPCA cared for about 1,500 orphaned kittens and puppies, providing them with medical and foster care until they entered adoptive homes.
The Richmond SPCA unites cats and dogs with loving human companions through a variety of services, including adoption efforts that place more than 3,500 pets every year. The organization transfers pets from municipal agencies where they may otherwise be euthanized and gives them medical treatments, and they also take on pets from owners who can no longer care for them. Additionally, to lessen the strain on already overcrowded shelters and keep pets in loving homes, the organization provides a Pet Pantry with food assistance, a full-service affordable veterinary clinic, and behavior-training resources for owners struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their pets. Other services include school and summer programs that teach youth how to properly care for a furry friend, as well as Paws for Health, which arranges pet visits for people in isolating environments such as hospitals and nursing homes, and Seniors for Seniors, which pairs people with older companion animals.
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