In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month this month I’ve been sharing stories about shelter dogs. I recently came across some facts about shelter dogs that I wanted to share. The Bark Post posted an article recently – 13 Mind Blowing Facts About Shelter Dogs that is worth a read: http://barkpost.com/mindblowing-facts-about-shelter-dogs/
Here are a few of the most interesting facts:
- 20-30% of dogs in shelters are purebred
- It costs taxpayers roughly 2 billion dollars a year to round up, shelter and euthanize homeless animals.
- The average age of animals entering shelters is 18 months
- Many of the adult dogs have already been trained (much less work than a puppy)
- A whopping 90% of animals entering the shelter system are healthy and ready-to-adopt
Makes it hard for those who want a certain breed or want a young dog say they can’t adopt a rescue dog right?
Speaking of shelter dogs, here’s a wonderful one looking for a home: Meet Stewie, the CLE Canine of the Week!
Stewie is a Chihuahua-mix that is currently with Berea Animal Rescue, who has this to say about him: I’m sweet, and super smart, and around 6 years young – but that means I am past those pesky puppy behaviors. I am a calm boy who loves company of people. Now I just need to find a home where I can feel safe and loved! It would be so great to have a home of my very own where I can cuddle on the couch – or a soft dog bed. I just love to go for walks and hang out with people.
For more information on Stewie, contact his adoption consultant, Lynda at (216)990-6967 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more great shelter dog stories, visit The Shelter Pet Project: http://theshelterpetproject.org/about-pet-adoption/adoption-stories