June 19, 2013: The Shelter Pet Project—Make pet adoption your option

~by Susi Pittman

There comes before us at any given time, a moment when we can decide to be part of the solution, or bemoan excuses why a solution just doesn’t exist. This is one of those moments! Do you really want to be part of the solution?

Every year, 6-8 million cats and dogs end up in one of the 4,000-6,000 animal shelters in the United States. Of those, 3-4 million are euthanized. *

Consider also American households that own at least one dog, total 74.8 million, of which, only 10% were adopted from animal shelters. **

Enter, The Shelter Pet Project.

The Shelter Pet Project raises awareness to the fact that shelter animals are more than likely a family pet that has been left behind because of the poor economic times. Home foreclosures, divorces and lack of income all contribute to dogs and cats that have been loved by their human companions and then given up, in the hopes that other families in better situations can give them a loving home again.

The Shelter Pet Project raises awareness to the plight of so many wonderful animal companions that await adoption at your local animal shelters, waiting for their forever home, where they can offer their unconditional love to their new family. The Shelter Pet Project offers a direct way to locate the perfect family pet member at your nearby animal shelter..or if you don’t mind the drive…check the towns close by.

Pure breeds, mixes, young and old, cats, dogs and more are all there, all in need of someone to love them once again.

If you are thinking about a new pet family member, be part of the solution and seek your animal companion at your local animal shelter and start by visiting The Shelter Pet Project.

*Statistics provided by the National Council on Pet Population and the Humane Society of     the United States

**Statistics provided by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association


Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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