Daily Archives: April 27, 2016

Animal shelters and breed rescues are needed in society

By Marissa Wetterau, Sports Editor

With the ever growing animal and pet population, there is a societal need for having animal shelters in a city or county. While the majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members, 28 percent of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 29 percent of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.

Across the United States, volunteers and staff in animal shelters and animal control facilities have to deal with the aftermath of irresponsible pet ownership along with overpopulation everyday.  According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) there are currently about 13,600 community animal shelters nationwide that are independent.