Research Question: Why do so many animals get killed every year and how can we stop this issue from happening?
Over my volunteer work I have seen the biggest issue being too many animals and not enough families. My volunteer work has been solely at a shelter called the Pixie Project. Their overall goal is to take in animals that have been homeless or rescued and care for them until a new family is ready to adopt them. This was something very important to me because I rescued my dog Koda and I think it’s so important to take the steps to stop breeding and start rescuing. Animals die every minute because there is no family to take them in. This is a big issue in our community and needs to be dealt with. I’ve written about this in the past but this time I want to take a different view and focus on why this is one of the biggest issues when it comes to our community and the steps we can take to fix it.
The first thing I learned when I started volunteering at the pixie project was how common it is for animals to not be adopted and have to be put down. I always knew it was a common issue but never realized the depth of it until I started this class and focused more on animals in my community. During my first paper I wrote about this issue but didn’t get into more about the issue that I wanted to. The pixie project helps animals that are from off the streets get homes. Homeless animals are everywhere and the reason for that is endless. Someone couldn’t afford to keep them so unfortunately just drops them off places this is called dumping pets, the owner is homeless themselves and those dogs don’t always get the treatment they deserve, and people simply don’t understand the commitment it takes to own and pet and end up having to give them up.
There are many places around the world that try and help these animals find homes but breeding makes the issue even harder. Out of an average of 30 million animals a year 1 out of 10 finds a permanent home. (1) Even ones that find a home don’t always find a family who is a fit for them. Many dogs get sent back to shelters or humane societies because they aren’t ready for that commitment. That is something that I learned at the pixie project as well which is they want the families to be serious about adoption and making sure they are ready for the lifelong commitment.
Breeding is one of leading causes of homeless animals. There is something called a puppy mill which is a place that produces big groups and dogs to sell (2). This is an issue because theses animals to have set homes and they are going to be bought first before these animals who needs a home immediately. It is important for everyone to inform each other and read about these issues. If we learn the knowledge ourselves we can go out and help fight the cause.
How to Get Involved
There are many ways to get involved with animals but the two main ones I believe are most important and most possible for people to accomplish are prevention and Volunteer work. Prevention can mean taking the steps to get your animal spayed/neutered. This will stop animals from breeding and overpopulation. Like I said before breeding is a huge issue that just keeps adding dogs and cats into this world when there are already to many here today. Another way to be involved in some sort of volunteer work. There are many places here and around Portland that love volunteers to help them make these animals life’s better. I am currently a volunteer at the pixie project in Portland and that has taught me a lot. Along with teaching me many things it helps these animals get though this tough time while waiting for their longtime family. Lastly next time you choose to get a dog or cat, think about adoption. It is such an important role you can play in helping change that huge number of pets who die every year.
How to Get Informed: Read Here
- “The Homeless Animal Population. What’s the Problem?” HSCI. Web. 4 Mar. 2015. <http://www.hscipets.org/tipgen21.htm>. This webpage helped me with some facts about how many animals go through this process for adoption and how the animals get led to adoption. It connects back to my research questions by posting facts about how breeding is affecting our community. Also how many animals get brought into this world and majority of them don’t ever get a permanent family.
- Burger, Kailey A. “Solving the Problem of Puppy Mills: Why the Animal Welfare Movement’s Bark Is Stronger than Its Bite.” Washington University Journal of Law & Policy 43 (2013): 259. Academic OneFile. Web. 11 Mar. 2015. <http://libproxy.pcc.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com.libproxy.pcc.edu/ps/i.do?id=GALE|A358426598&v=2.1&u=pcc&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w&asid=50cc25765efcc5d1882bfa735fd07bcd>. This article helped me more of the overall view on doggy mills and how that plays a role in animals that get out down for overpopulation.