Should I adopt a shelter dog?
Our comprehensive look will consider three main areas of focus: statistical data, common myths, and the ethical considerations of adopting a dog from an animal shelter.
If you decide adopting is the right choice for you, but are worried about visiting a shelter, you will find a section devoted to some great adoption alternatives that give you the pride of adopting a homeless pet without the need to actually visit a shelter.
Finally, we have provided a resource section at the end of this article to help you locate more detailed information on this subject for those doing research on this important issue.
There Are About 3,500 Shelters in the U.S.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, there were 3,500 shelters in the U.S., and about 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries as of 2014.
Between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats combined entered the shelter system that year.
This number is significantly lower than it was in 1973 when totals reached closer to 13 million. About 4 million of these companion animals are adopted out of the shelter system annually.See the full article here.