Adopting Beats Shopping

Posted by on November 17, 2010 | Permalink

Before coming to PETA, I worked in an animal shelter. I saw firsthand what happens to many abandoned animals who come through a shelter’s doors – and it’s heartbreaking. The consequences of the animal overpopulation crisis are tragic. In the UK alone, it’s estimated that one homeless dog is euthanised every single hour. These dogs usually lose their lives not because they are ill or old, not because they are unlovable and certainly not because they have done anything wrong – it is simply that there are just too many of them and too few good homes.

In support of all the animals who languish in crowded animal shelters, PETA members gathered outside the Discover Dogs show in London last weekend with a message: don’t shop – adopt. While shows like Discover Dogs actively promote the breeding and buying of dogs – which causes dogs in animal shelters to lose their chance at finding a home – PETA encouraged attendees to adopt their next animal companion from a shelter or rescue group. 

Want to help the thousands animals who suffer, lonely and depressed, in animal shelters? Sign the pledge to end animal homelessness and never buy an animal from a breeder or a pet shop.  And, please, pass it on.