Every year, more than 6.5 companion animals enter US shelters across the country. Among them, about 3.2 million are cats and 3.3 million are dogs. As claimed by ASPCA, these numbers are declining rapidly, which is very good news. Back in 2011, the number of cats and dogs entering the shelters were as high as 7.2 million. Out of these, around 3.2 million are adopted, while around 710,000 are returned to their owners.
To further increase the number of adoptions, the subreddit r/BeforeNAfterAdoption encourages pet owners to share their experiences with adopted animals. Its aim is to encourage people to share the wonderful change and impact a loving and caring family can make on an abandoned or mistreated dog.
#1 Frankie Has Fours Eyes And An Eye Deformity But He’s Still Perfect
#2 These Two Are Long Lost Siblings!
#3 His “I’m Getting Adopted!” Smile Is Both Handsome And Proud!
#4 She Climbed Onto His Shoulders Within 2 Seconds Of Meeting
#5 He Looks So Adorable Snuggled Inside The Fridge!
The subreddit has over 360k members sharing positive transformations their pets experienced both physically and mentally, after leaving the animal shelters. Once you are done with December, you can fill up your heart with more happiness and positivity with cuteness from the rescue photos from September, October, and November.
#6 These Two Are Made For Each Other
#7 Meet Zombie!
#8 “Just Look At This Little Tripod I Adopted”
#9 Meet Bella!
#10 Four Days Since Adoption And New Kitten Charlie Is Loving His Big Brother Tipsy
According to Kelly DiCicco, the Adoptions Promotions Manager at ASPCA, Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, animal shelters across the country are facing various community-specific challenges. Emptying of cages in animal shelters has been especially imperative in 2020. The main reason for this is the limitation of services offered to the public due to social-distancing requirements. Additionally, financial issues such as reduction of funds and inability to host in-person fundraising events have negatively affected the maintenance of animal shelters.
#11 “This Is Bonnie. She Is Happier To See The Food Aisle Than Just Recently Being Adopted”
#12 “Rescued A Couple Brothers This Weekend”
#13 This Pic Was Taken During The Kitten’s First Night At Home
#14 He Was Adopted Last Month
#15 Teddy Was Adopted For Christmas
By adopting an animal in need, you are not only saving an animal’s life. But, you are also saving up resources for other animals in need by freeing up space in animal shelters. An added benefit of adoption is that the staff can detailed information on an animal’s history, temperament, medical needs, behavior, etc. They also examine the lifestyle, home environment of potential adopters, and the animal’s compatibility with children and other pets. This will surely help you to find the perfect addition to your family.
To learn more about pet adoption, check out an informative guide from ASPCA here.