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The Shelter Dog Crisis

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A rising problem in the United States has become the Shelter Dog Crisis. A dog shelter, also known as a pound, is a place where stray, lost, abandoned, or surrendered dogs are housed. There are many different types of shelter animals, but the majority are dogs. The fact that there are neglected dogs in a shelter is heartbreaking alone, but what makes the issue worse is that most of these dogs end up dying. The shelter does not have enough money to provide food for all of these dogs, especially because more come in, so they cannot keep all of them alive. Due to this, they get euthanized. On average, 670,000 shelter dogs are euthanized every year in the United States and this issue continues to get worse.

Euthanization is the process of putting an animal to death humanely. Most of the time, veterinarians or trained professionals will inject a drug into the animal, and they will be put to rest in a matter of seconds. Why are these dogs getting euthanized? These dogs get euthanized for a variety of reasons. Starting with the common cause is that the workers and owners of the shelter are not able to provide for all of them; the workers have to feed and take care of these dogs, but that costs money. As more dogs come in, they do not have enough money to provide food, shelter, and medical care. Another issue is space. The shelters only have so much space, and as the number of dogs coming in continues to rise, the shelters have to make a tough choice on which ones to accept. Finally, there has been a huge shortage of workers and people to provide and help for the dogs in these shelters. Sacramento City Express states that “Front Street Animal Shelter is being affected by an ongoing veterinarian shortage. Increased pet adoptions during the pandemic and more veterinarians retiring from the profession than entering it are contributing factors in the crisis.” 

This issue has become incredibly disheartening, but there are ways to help. A critical issue as to why these dogs are not being adopted is because of a common belief that shelter dogs are bad or there is something wrong with them.  Yes, many dogs could indeed be in a shelter because they were rowdy or sick, but that certainly does not mean that all shelter dogs are problematic. According to HSNT.org, shelter dogs are more likely to be healthy as they are provided with a variety of medical care. This includes vaccinations and necessary vetting before being adopted. If you are wondering how to help these canine friends, there are many ways. First of all, you can help spread awareness by using social media and other platforms to advertise different shelters. If more people see where these places are located and what dogs are available, more people may be inclined to visit these shelters. Another way to help is to buy a shelter dog the next time you’re looking to buy a pet. Many people adopt from breeders or companies like Petsmart, but shelter dogs can be just as perfect.

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Sam Anderson, Contributor
Samantha Anderson was born on November 3, 2010, sharing the birth year with the day that Alabama beat Texas in the Rose Bowl Stadium at a College Football 12th BCS National Championship. She was born and raised in Fullerton, California, and still lives there today. She attended Stepping Stones for 4 years, Acacia Elementary for 5 years, and currently goes to Parks Jr. High School. Sam has grown up with a twin sister named Kate, who also attends Parks Jr. High. Samantha is extroverted, energetic, and persistent. Sam also enjoys pursuing academics. She enjoys video editing and photoshop, as well as art. This is Sam’s third year in Speech, and second year in debate. She does the Lincoln Douglas Debate and is currently on the Parks Jr. High Team. She has placed in the semi-finals and finals numerous times and has also placed first in the Lincoln Douglas Debate Mardis Gras tournament. She also enjoys reading, listening to her favorite musical artists, hanging out with friends, reading, sleeping, and spending time with her family and sister. Sam’s goal for the future is to attend either the University of Alabama or UCLA and continue to obtain a career as either a civil or criminal prosecutor at the District Attorney’s office. A quote she keeps in mind is: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” This quote is by George Bernhard Shaw. 

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    Erin KimDec 11, 2023 at 1:03 PM

    AWESOME ARTICLE‼️

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