Animal homelessness. It’s a real thing. In fact, according to the ASPCA, “animal shelters across the nation are forced to stretch their resources to the brink to accommodate an overwhelming population of homeless and at-risk animals.”
I have seen people roll their eyes when they hear the term animal homelessness. They’d insist, “there are bigger issues out there!” There are definitely other issues out there. But what are you doing about them?
I spent some time working in homeless outreach. I ran programs in Kansas City that offered much-needed assistance to homeless humans. My favorite way of serving was through street outreach. I can guarantee you that those of us working to solve the world’s “bigger problems” take no offense to the issue of animal homelessness.
I also once heard an animal sheltering professional argue against the term animal homelessness. They believed the issue was one of overpopulation. No matter how you want to look at it, the bottom line is there are a dizzying number of animals entering shelters every year. Leaving shelters and their supporters racing to find these animals good, permanent homes.
By adopting a shelter dog, you and your fur child become ambassadors to end animal homelessness. You, the adopter, are the very treasure that those of us in the trenches are working so hard to find. As a new parent, you get to help your adopted dog shed their shelter stigma. Share your newfound shelter dog love with just one person, and you’re helping end animal homelessness.
Because that’s part of how we fix the problems that no one wants to talk about. We start talking about them. Better yet, we do something about them. Show the rest of us how to fix animal homelessness: adopt your next dog from the shelter. Then check out these tips to making your adoption a success.