According to the ASPCA, and Shelter Animals Count, the United States saw approximately 1.5 million animals euthanized in a kill shelter each year between 2015 and 2018. Moreover, from the 1.5 million animals, 670.000 were dogs. Luckily, these numbers are down from 2011, where 2.6 million animals were euthanized. The reason for the decline may be because more people are rescuing animals from shelters instead of buying puppies from breeders. And others could have been reunited with their pet parents.
On the other side of this tragic tale is the number of dogs saved from shelters. Approximately 1.6 million dogs get adopted from shelters and around 620,000 dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their pet parents in the United States each year. (5, 6)
How To Foster Shelter Dog?
So, you can’t afford to adopt a pooch, or you may already have one, but you decided to foster a shelter dog. Awesome! If you want to become a foster parent for a canine, you need to provide food, treats, and enough exercise for your new furry friend. Not to mention, you should give him lots of snuggles and love. Fostering time can vary and be flexible. It can last from days to months, it’s up to you and the shelter you work with.
Many foster programs have no problem if you already have pets at home. However, your furry friend needs to be up to date with vaccines and must be spayed or neutered. For a shelter dog, it is a great opportunity to work on his social skills and play around with other furry friends. Also, if you fall in love with your foster furbaby, you might just become his forever home! (7)