Many pet owners, particularly dog owners, love to dress up their furry best friends. Fortunately, while you are looking into purchasing new styles for your pup, you can help other animals in shelters and in rescue groups while keeping your pooch styling at the same time.
The Growing Pet Population
If you have a pet, you are not alone. Seventy percent of U.S. households have a pet in the home with dogs being the most popular. However, there are many animals, dogs included, out in the world, and in shelters that do not have a home.
Pet lovers are encouraged to adopt a pet rather than buy one from a breeder or a puppy mill. You not only can save that pet’s life, but you can also potentially save another pet’s life by making room in shelters for more strays to be able to have room to come in.
According to statistics from ASPCA, 1.5 million animals are euthanized in U.S. shelters every year. That totals around 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats. While numbers have declined steadily since 2011 do to the fact that more dogs and cats are being adopted each year, there are still a lot of animals who remain unneutered, therefore they have multiple litters a year, causing animal homelessness.
For these reasons, many people are going about different ways to help these animals so that they do not lose their lives to euthanization. Whether that is adopting or fostering, donating, or spending so that proceeds will go toward these shelters.
If You Aren’t Ready to Adopt Another Furry Friend
Adopting a new dog can be a lot of work. Especially if you already have one or two of your own or it is not yet in your budget to do so. There are multiple ways that you can contribute to helping animals, like dogs, in need of a little bit of help that you may not even realize without having to make the big decision of adopting one. It is not recommended to adopt a dog or cat if you are not ready because of the potential that you may not be able to keep it.
One simple way could be buying your own dog something that they would love. Whether that be a collar, a leash, dog bandana, or a dog bed. You can even find something for yourself to spread awareness of the importance of adopting an animal. You can find items that will help contribute to these shelters while you and your dog can both look cute.
Some of the proceeds from your purchase can be sent to shelters or rescues that are in need of help. These donations to ongoing animal groups not only could provide for food, shelter, and medical care of animals, but these could potentially cover spaying and neutering programs that reduce the stray animal population.
A Greater Mission and an Even Fuller Heart
Some do not realize that a simple deed like making a small purchase for yourself, or even your dog, can go a long way whether that be a new shirt for you or a new bandana for your little dog. It is fulfilling to know that your purchases that you do make can potentially be for the greater good of humanity. You and your dog are now looking cute and you were also able to make a difference with your companion. It is exciting to be able to do this for your dog but also with your dog.
When the opportunity is there to give back, it leaves you feeling like you can make a difference, which is an amazing feeling in our world today. Some may not realize that a simple act of buying your dog a simple new stylish outfit or accessory can save another dog’s life.
Although more dogs and cats are being adopted each year, there still is some work to be done to save more of these animals’ lives. For most, bringing in a new furry friend can be overwhelming at a particular moment, whether that be due to something such as money or time. Because of this, purchasing something like a simple bandana for your dog could potentially save another.