Pet homeless

Cats and dogs depend on humans for their everyday needs – food, water, shelter, veterinary care, love and more. Yet thousands of animals across the UK have no guardian to care for them, let alone a warm, comfortable place to curl up in at night. Many suffer and die on the streets or have to be euthanised for lack of good homes. Animal homelessness is a complex crisis, but the solution is simple: adopt animals from shelters or the streets instead of buying them from breeders or pet stores and prevent unwanted animals from being born by always sterilising companion animals.

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Too Many Animals, Too Few Good Homes

At any given time, there are an estimated 100,000 dogs – and countless cats – without homes in the UK. Left to fend for themselves on the streets, cats and dogs often suffer and die after getting hit by cars, being attacked by other animals, succumbing to extreme temperatures, starving, contracting contagious diseases and facing other dangers. Many stray animals are poisoned, shot, mutilated, tortured, set on fire or killed in other cruel ways.

Animals are often abandoned by the people they depend on to care for them. For example, two dogs were found huddled together near a river in Tottenham Marshes after apparently being dumped there. Both dogs were extremely thin, and one of the animals, who was elderly, could barely walk. Another dog was found tethered to a fence in Park View, Bramley, on New Year’s Day and had apparently been left there overnight in freezing temperatures while fireworks exploded nearby.
The dog was so terrified that he was shaking and had wet himself. Open-admission shelters accept every animal in need, caring for them and keeping them safe, warm, fed and loved. But because there are so many homeless animals and not enough good homes for them all,
many have to be euthanised – a procedure that’s fast and painless for animals but heartbreaking for the caring shelter workers who must perform it. About 21 dogs are euthanised in shelters across the UK every day.


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