"Don't Shop - ADOPT!"
Imagine waking up on a cold, hard floor with no friends or family to call your own. Imagine living in cramped, filthy quarters your entire life. This is the unfortunate reality for millions of unwanted animals and puppy mill dogs across America. Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States, simply because too many animals come into shelters and too few people consider adoption when looking for a pet. But there is hope!
The Animal Humane Society is there to give these innocent animals a second chance. My program “Don’t Shop—ADOPT!” encourages people to adopt a rescue animal instead of buying from a pet store. I’ve partnered with various rescue organizations to help countless animals through programs for people and pets.
I would like to note that I am NOT against getting a dog from a reputable breeder (there are some amazing breeders out there!), however I feel very strongly about not buying from a pet store because the majority of their puppies come from puppy mills (which I believe should be outlawed).
My first rescue pet was a chubby, 3-legged cat appropriately named Tippy. But my passion for this cause was truly sparked when we rescued Bear, a 13-year-old black lab whose owner had died. We later adopted a 7-year-old basset hound named Sam and most recently a crazy but hilarious cat named Crackers. They have been such a blessing in my life.
Over the past six years, I've participated in the Animal Humane Society Walk for Animals and personally raised over $5,500. For four of those years, I have qualified as a "Walk Star," raising over $1000 per year in donations. In addition to my work with AHS, I have volunteered over 200 hours with other pet rescue organizations, including Underdog Rescue, Secondhand Hounds, and Cocos Heart Dog Rescue. I even had the opportunity to volunteer in South Africa with the Oscars Arc WOOF Project! I organize pet bed donation drives and volunteer yearly at the annual Underdog Rescue gala selling dog treats. However, my favorite way to volunteer is in the Puppy Pen where I not only control who enters the pen, but also am a spokesperson educating attendees about the importance of pet rescue. I have particularly enjoyed volunteering at AHS Project Purpose events, where I've helped make pet supply bags, build shelters for feral cats, and carved pumpkins for shelter dogs to enjoy.
Each year, Animal Humane Society (AHS) cares for more than 100,000 animals in need and helps thousands more through programs for people and pets. AHS helps thousands of dogs, cats, and critters in need find loving homes each year, and no animal is ever turned away. As one of the nation's leading animal welfare organizations, AHS is transforming the way shelters care for animals and engage their communities. From innovative medical and behavior programs to investments in outreach and advocacy, AHS is advancing animal welfare and creating a more humane world for animals everywhere.
AHS takes in every animal surrendered regardless of its health, age, breed or behavior. This commitment to open admission guarantees shelter and care to thousands of animals that would otherwise have no safe refuge. AHS also takes in animals from municipal shelters and other organizations that don’t have the resources to care for them. For instance, our rescue basset hound Sam came from an overcrowded shelter in Oklahoma.
Although many animals can be placed in AHS adoption programs as soon as they are vaccinated and sterilized, others require specialized care to overcome health and behavior issues. AHS provides extensive medical treatment, surgery, behavior modification, and foster care to those with special challenges, ensuring that even the most difficult-to-place animals have a chance at adoption. As a result of these extraordinary efforts, more than 93% of the animals that came through AHS doors in FY20 were adopted or placed in the community.
Saving one animal may not change the world, but for that one animal, their world will be changed forever.