Did you know that approximately 44 percent of all households in the United States have a dog? Yes, this is true and about 23 percent of these fur babies are shelter dogs. A shelter dog is a dog that comes from a shelter or the Humaine Society. Shelters are typically government-funded. This means that all expenses like vaccines, deworming, flea and heartworm prevention, and spay/neuter are paid for by the government at a low cost.
When a dog at a shelter becomes ill, the only outcome is euthanasia. This prevents the spread of disease in the shelter. Sadly, it’s less costly to “get rid” of the problem than to treat it. The funding is just not available for these animals in need. This is where Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation has been a huge support. She promoted her foundation at CMA Fest in Nashville during an adoption drive. (1, 2)
How Do Dogs Find Their Forever Homes?
There are 3.3 million dogs who enter shelters every year in the United States. Out of those approximately 3.2 million dogs are adopted into their forever homes through direct adoption or adoption events put on by various organizations. The unfortunate fact is that 1.6 million dogs never make it out of the shelter each year for various reasons and end up being euthanized. Miranda Lambert’s most recent adoption drive gave 60 fur babies a home with their forever families. It’s important that more adoption drives take place to ensure that as many dogs are being placed with loving families as possible. (2)
Shelter Dog Versus Rescue Dog
You may have heard the term ‘shelter’ along with ‘rescue dog’ and wondering if they are the same thing. You should also be looking to get the rescue dogs their forever homes too, right?
The difference between a shelter and a rescue is that a rescue facility takes on a surrendered dog at full cost. They don’t euthanize when an animal becomes ill or to “make room” when an animal’s “time is up.” Oftentimes you will see rescues closing after 2 years because they can’t find the funding to stay open. A rescue group is dedicated to pet adoption. These groups take unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempt to find suitable homes for them. Many rescues are run by volunteers, who take the animals into their homes and care for them. This is known as “fostering a dog” and includes training, playing, handling medical issues, and solving behavior problems. The foster parents keep the dogs until a suitable forever home can be found. (3)
It’s All About A Forever Home
When it comes down to it, what is most important is getting these dogs out of the shelters or rescues and into loving homes with families. It takes people who are dedicated to making sure these dogs are given any medical care that is needed to get them healthy and ready for adoption. The next step is to get them in front of the public eye for those who really are ready for an addition to their family. A dog is a wonderful, loyal, active member of the family and if and when you are ready to bring one into your home please consider giving a shelter or a rescue dog a loving place in your life. You won’t regret it!