Animal shelters are vital resources for their communities. A shelter is a safe haven for animals, and a great place to adopt a new family pet. Shelters also provide critical services such as investigating cruelty and neglect, reuniting lost pets with their families, and teaching kids to care about animals.
There are approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States, available to serve the estimated 6–8 million homeless animals that seek refuge each year, but only about half are adopted. While 63 percent of American households include pets, fewer than 20 percent of them were adopted from shelters.
Here are just a few ways to get involved:
- Adopt your next pet from a shelter!
- Become a fan of your local shelter on Facebook
- Be a responsible pet owner. Ask your local shelter and your veterinarian what you can do to be a great pet owner.
- Donate supplies. Shelters are often in need of towels, toys, and other items. Always check with your local shelter first to find out what they need.
For more information about pets and pet care, visit www.aspca.org.