Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

December 3, 2013

The advantages of animal adoption

Dear Editor:

Many people have heard the saying “For every puppy bought, a pound puppy dies.”

Well, here are the statistics to back up that statement: According to the HSUS (www.humanesociety.org), nearly 8 million animals end up in shelters every year and about half are adopted. The remaining have to be euthanized, and almost 3 million of those are healthy.

They estimate about 47 percent of all households have at least one pet and 30 percent of those owners adopt while 70 percent buy their pets from breeders. This means the 30 percent who adopt are saving the lives of about 4 million pets every year.

Therefore, if 33 percent of those who buy would instead adopt, the 3 million healthy pets that are euthanized would be saved. That’s something to think about.

Sometimes you can find purebreds or look-alikes at shelters. So, for those of you who buy, why don’t you take a look at your shelter first? Maybe you could save yourselves a lot of money. That’s something else to think about.

Thank you,

Ray Wilson

New Middletown

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