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DESCRIPTIONA Pro-Shelter Adoption Presentation for a Public Speaking course.
- 1. Dont Shop ADOPT
2. The Reality of Homeless Animals There are about 15 million shelter animals in the US. About 9.5 million of these animals are euthanized annually. Although many are very ill or too aggressive to be adopted, most euthanized animals are healthy and perfectly adoptable. 3. Shelter Animals MYTHS FACTS They ended up in the shelter They ended up in a shelter because because they were badly behaved their owners: animals - Acquired them without doing They are inferior to animalsappropriate research bought from pet stores and - Dont have time for them breeders - Cant afford them - Die, divorce, have children, or move to a location that doesnt allow pets Many came from breeders or pet stores Have no more behavioral problems than any purchased puppy or kitten or untrained, owned adult 4. Benefits of Shelter Animals Extensive socialization: Animalsare handled multiple times duringthe day by different workers andvolunteers. Preliminary health and behaviortesting: Each animal up foradoption has been screened forinjuries and illnesses, and haspassed species-specific behaviortests. Disposition: Many people findshelter animals especially friendlyand eager to please, due to pastlack of human attention. 5. Benefits Ctd. Price: You must buy your pet to offset its veterinary and care costs. However SHELTER ANIMAL: $50-$300 for dog, $30-$150 for cat. All age-appropriate vaccines and medications have already been given. In most cases, the animal is already spayed/neutered. PET STORE/BREEDER ANIMAL: Depending on the breed, $300-$3000 for dog, Free-$3000 for cat. Vet costs (average): $40 for visit, $60 for age- appropriate vaccines, $150-$300 for spay/neuter depending on animals weight and species. You make the comparison. 6. Why Bother Spaying/Neutering? Protection against reproductive system diseases/emergencies, such as: - Cancers of the testes, prostate gland, ovaries, and uterus - Painful prostate gland inflammation (males) - Pyometra: Infection inside the uterus (females) - Uncomfortable menstrual bleeding during heat cycles (females) Behavioral modification:- Stops roaming, aggression, territorial urine-marking, and inappropriate mounting in male cats and dogs - Stops yowling during estrus in female cats Save lives: - Avoid having to find homes for unwanted litters, and avoid having your male pet create unwanted litters that may be euthanized when found and turned in to a shelter. 7. What if I Want a Purebred? 25% to 30% of shelter animals are purebreds. There are hundreds of purebred-specific breed rescues in the US. Searching for homeless purebreds is easy at www.petfinder.com. 8. Mixed Breeds are Wonderful, too. In general, animals of mixed breeding tend to have less physical and emotional health problems associated with a limited gene pool in purebreds. Through natural selection, mixed breeding offers the best of all breeds involved, and eliminates undesired recessive genes. Designer dogs such as puggles, labradoodles, and cockapoos are technically mixed breed dogs. 9. Puppy/Kitten or Adult? Young animals are adorable, but require extra diligence in terms ofhousebreaking, training, and establishing dominance. Most of the time, adults are already housebroken, no longer haveexcess (potentially destructive) energy, and have establishedpersonality traits. Most euthanized animals are adults. 10. Pet Stores and Breeders PET STORES: - Often affiliated with puppy mills and irresponsible breeders - More concerned with profit than healthy puppies and kittens - Put puppies and kittens under considerable amounts of stress BREEDERS: - No responsible breeder will ship 8-week-old puppies alone across the country! - Watch out for breeders who do not let potential buyers meet the animals parents, cannot reproduce the parents genetic health certifications, breed a female before she is two years old, or breed a female at every heat cycle.Of course, there are many responsible breeders. 11. Adopt your Animals!