Homeless Animals on the Streets

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Homeless Animals on the Streets

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Have you ever seen a cat or a dog on the street wandering around? You probably have. About 7.6 million pets are on the street and don’t have owners or homes. In the shelters it can go two ways: meeting their new family or their lives can end.  When the animal shelter takes them, it can usually get overpopulated in the shelters. When the animals are taken to the shelter they usually have to wait 72 hours before they put them to sleep or kill them. But there are many more reasons. 

As a matter of fact, many animal shelters are mostly overcrowded and don’t have space for a lot of animals. There are too many cats and dogs that they are unable to care for, that are in the United States. Since many of the pets are having babies , in the streets or in owners houses, there are too many to have in the shelter and there is no one to take care of them. 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats are in the shelters in the United States. The reasons why people usually give up their dogs is because they shed too much, they have new baby, they are too expensive , and they waste a lot of money. When the animals run away, they usually can’t be caught and get lost. At the Elkhart County Humane Society they made 45 rescue runs, which is double the amount of their usual.

In the streets the animals don’t have a place to sleep or food to eat. Usually homeless people have pets. But homeless don’t have food for themselves so they can’t give the pets food either. And since the homeless don’t have a place to live neither do the pets. Once, I saw a homeless man at the beach and he had a dog, the dog looked sad. They both looked really dirty and didn’t have any food. But there is also another reason why they don’t have resources they need. It is because since they are in the streets they usually can’t  find food or water. And they usually sleep in a box or in other places wondering around. When they ask or beg for food, humans usually just ignore them and tell them to go away. 

When animals are taken to the Shelter they usually have to wait until they get a new owner. But if they don’t get one before 72 hours then the shelter will put them to sleep. But some shelters wait 10 days. The shelters don’t want to put the animals to sleep , it’s just the owners don’t call or inform the shelters to know that there pets are moving. At the shelter they let the legal owner can do whatever they want to do with it which can be euthanizing it or putting it up for adoption. The shelter usually only wants to euthanizing the animal only if they are aggressive, suffering , or if they are not adoptable in some kind of way. They can identify if they got loose and the owner is looking for them. 

In conclusion, there are many reasons why animals are homeless and on the street. There is more than a million stray animals in the streets. They don’t get there needed resources and are overpopulating most of the shelters. They are usually getting lost or don’t have owners. This is how the pets become stray and don’t always have a long lasting life. So if you have seen a pet on the street ,don’t hurt it or bother it because now you know they may be going through tough times.