70 million animals are alone on the streets in the US currently, according to ASPCA. According to the Humane Society, right now there are about six to eight million cats and dogs entering the nation’s 3,500 shelters yearly.
The Humane Society of Johnson County urges the public to get their animals spayed or neutered to help control the pet population. There are hundreds of strays and surrendered animals that are euthanized every year because there are no willing homes to take all of the animals in. Spraying and neutering your animal will help decrease the number of animals that are euthanized. The Humane Society of Johnson County partners with Brownsburg Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic to assist people at a low cost to spay/neuter animals. This happens on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. More information is available on their website at, hsjc.org/low-cost-spay-neuter/.
Adoption and foster captain, volunteer recruiter and training and fundraiser director, Marcia Ryan, volunteers at a cat adoption clinic called Robin’s Nest that is located in Indianapolis. Robin’s Nest rescues pregnant and abandoned cats and puts them up for adoption. Adopting a cat or any other animal is helping the animals get off the street, but at retail locations, all they just want a profit and the animal could be ill. Ryan discussed why it is better to adopt an animal rather that shop.
“Purchasing an animal from a retail locations encourages backyard breeders and puppy mills that exist in deplorable conditions. I would encourage you to research them and become an activist, a voice for those that can’t tell their story,” Ryan said.
Junior Allison Ketterer adopted her jack russell mix Radley from a Humane Society when he was just six months old. Like some dogs, Ketterer’s other dog had separation anxiety so her family went and adopted Radley and decided he was perfect for her family. By them adopting Radley it gave him a forever home.
“The other dog we had passed away and the other dog that we have now he got really lonely and separation anxiety. So we felt like we needed to get him another dog, we found him and just thought he was perfect for us,” Ketterer said.
If anyone would like to help animals, Robin’s Nest has countless volunteer opportunities for people to improve these cats and other animal. Volunteers have to be 18 and older unless they have a parent or guardian with them. The organization takes a variety of donations and you can even donate online.
“Foster and volunteers are always appreciated and we take donations of food, litter, KMR, cleaning supplies and gift cards at any of our adoption centers. Financial donations may be made at: email@example.com. We are registered 501C3 and all donations are tax deductible,” Ryan said.
Preventing animals from having babies is the leading way to prevent animals from being homeless; spaying and neutering animals are what’s best since there has been an increase in homeless animals.
This will give the animals a second chance at life. Many shelters and humane societies appreciate people volunteering and donations to help the animals who don’t have a home. Remember, adopt, don’t shop.