There are over five thousand animal shelters in the U.S., ranging from city and county-run to private 501c3 organizations. From open intake (e.g. high kill) to no-kill.
Overall, of the 5 million pets who enter the shelter system in any given year,
more than half of these never make it out alive.
Reaches New Low
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we are at an eleven-year low for the number of people willing to donate their time and energies to help out.
The average shelter has far more than just 50 animals, so you can imagine the amount of manpower it takes to let a dog out to go potty just twice a day, or a cat to have his litterbox changed and to be given fresh water.
And what about socializing these poor, frightened animals? Or the countless hours spent fostering litters of kittens and puppies in private homes?
All this takes time, effort, energy and dedication.
For all of you who volunteer at your local shelter, this week has been set aside to honor your many unsung efforts on behalf of shelter pets.
From us to you...thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU.
***A Tuesday Teaser
So what exactly do you think "natural" means on the labels of your pet's food?
We hope it doesn't mean this:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated: "The volunteer rate declined by 1.1 percentage points to 25.4 percent for the year ending in September 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. About 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013. The volunteer rate in 2013 was the lowest it has been since the supplement was first administered in 2002."
US Bureau of Labor Statistics
US News & World Report