Dogs are often victims of abandonment in animal shelters. The moment they develop an illness or get injured, they are left to be put to death. Everyone wants a healthy dog, but what happens when that dog gets sick, do you let him die just because he is no longer healthy? Some people go to animal shelters to drop their dogs off for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are reasonable, and can include relocation, or dog allergies. Others give flimsy excuses to abandon their dogs.
Below are results of major studies conducted on animal issues;
- Studies show there are about 13,600 animal shelters in the United States alone, and these accommodations are independent of the government. Note that these statics was taken in the United States so the figures may vary depending on the country involved.
- On the Average in the United States, over 7.6 million companion animals are moved to animal shelters per year. Of that estimate of companion animals, 3.9 million are dogs while 3.4 million are cats.
- Still in the United States, 2.7 million animals are adopted each year from animal shelters of which 1.4 million are dogs and 1.3 million cats. It should be noted that even though statistics brought forward in this article focuses on the United States doesn’t mean the issue of abandoned companion animals is restricted to the American Society alone.
- Of all the shelter dogs, an average of 35% are adopted, 31% are the euthanized and 26% who came in as strays are returned to home to their owner.
- Of all cats entering animal shelters, an average of 37% are adopted, while 41% are euthanized, and below 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned home to their owners.
- On the average, the number of animals relinquished by their owners is twice fewer than the number of animals that come in as strays.
Back to the story how Nik Nak found happiness again. Nik Nak was abandoned at an animal shelter, just because he was “too yucky” (dumb or ugly).
Nike Nak’s owners even suggested that he be put to death (euthanized) and they even went on to say that the world would be a better place without him. What an awful thing to say about one’s pet! Thankfully, he is no longer in their care, and he now gets real love and care for a change. Nik Nak got his very first bath at the shelter, and his skin was treated so as to reduce the scabs on his face.
Nik Nak now has a foster mom who takes good care of him. His condition kept getting better and each day as his fur started to grow again, and soon he found a home and now has a loving and caring foster mother. I bet his original owners won’t recognize how cute he has become when they see him again.