Around the world, there are millions of animals that live and not all of them are owned. Statistics show that nearly 26 million dogs do not have homes, so they are either stranded or in an animal shelter. Approximately 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those animals who don’t have homes, about 3.3 million of them are dogs and 3.2 million of them are cats. 1.5 million of those 6.5 million animals are euthanized. Animals who aren’t difficult to take care of in your own homes are living in shelters barely having any play time.

Adoption rates aren’t completely gone, though. Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year and put into a well fit home that suits the animals needs. YOU can be one of those people who adopt one of the 3.2 million shelter animals, or maybe even more than one.

Animals are genuinely everywhere and sometimes you don’t even realize that they are there. Around schools, there are pets that are usually walked by a teacher or a student that needs emotional support. At our school, we have three service dogs that love to be pet when you walk by and the attention they receive while they enjoy helping out the school.

Animals are a helpful factor to those around us. Pet therapy, which is also known as animal-assisted therapy, is recognized by a mental health institute as a type of psychotherapy for depression and other disorders people might have. Having a pet and being around them provides emotional connection and well-being of a human. With a companion by your side, you might feel that you always have a friend and someone that will stand by you, even if they might not be the same as you.

Humans around us who decide to take part in holding an animal in their house don’t exactly have all of the aspects they should have to house an animal. Every day, multiple animals are abused, neglected or forced to fight. For example, there is a such thing called dog fighting which is a bloodsport where dogs are forced to fight to entertain others.. These actions their owners decide to put them in puts their life at risk.

Also, animal hoarding is a significant factor with animals which consists of an individual deciding to house more animals that they can care for. Such as when a crazy cat lady decides to buy 30 cats, she might not be able to take care of all of them. This leads to neglect of multiple animals.

With all of these abuse, neglection and fighting factors, YOU can be one to help out and adopt an animal. A male employee from the Cedar Valley Humane Society stated, “There are two hundred animals at this time in the shelter, about two thousand are adopted every year.” Considering there are two hundred animals to choose from just in this shelter, it would be so easy to adopt an animal if you have space in your home, money for food, and time to provide care for the animal.

He also explained, “We have animals from a couple days old to about 20 years old.” Therefore, if you enjoy small, young animals, or older, bigger animals, this shelter can provide for any of your animal needs. If you would choose to provide for an animal who hasn’t had the satisfaction of a well-fit home, there are multiple animals at the Cedar Valley Humane Society who have special backstories. “Right now we have a dog who was hit in the jaw by their owner and ended up having surgery,” he claimed, “so now they’re here recovering.”

Not only is this an opportunity to help out an animal, but you are able to provide for them and they can provide for you if you might have any stress or depression factors occurring in your life. If you provide for them, they can provide for you. A human satisfied with an animal is an animal satisfied with a human. You could very well be their life changing momentum.

Down below is a list of animal shelters and animal adoption agencies, they would love to hear from you.

Last Hope Animal Rescue: (319) 200-4880

SAINT Rescue & Adoption Center: (319) 551-7537

And of course, the Cedar Valley Humane Society: (319) 362-6288

These are only a few places you are able to call and help out an animal in need. If you know you are going to want a pet in the house to take care of or are even thinking about housing a pet, call one of these shelters, they would be happy to help you.

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