Every day, dogs and cats, bunnies, birds, and other cast-off pets find themselves in shelter cages, confused and distressed, or on the streets, hungry, afraid and sometimes wounded or sick. Why? Some were discarded because they weren't "good enough" to breed or show. Others were kicked to the curb, a fate most often met by cats, when their owner moved and decided not to take them. Or a new baby--or love interest--left no room in the person's life for Fido or Fluffy.
Sometimes it's beyond the person's control. He or she has developed a life-threatening or debilitating illness, become too frail to care for a pet, or lost a job and cannot afford the high cost of veterinary care.
Sadly, pets also become homeless or are euthanized when their human has died without making provisions for their care, assuming a family member will take them in. Many don't.
People who don't spay/neuter their animals exacerbate the problem of unwanted pets--and the tragedy of euthanasia or agonizing death on the streets for lack of a home.
Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets works with rescuers to give these animals a second chance to live and be loved. We do this by creating adoption flyers and circulating them widely, emailing to our advocacy network, and posting in the community and on social media. Our volunteers also help independent rescuers--or people who need new homes for their own pets--screen prospective adopters. (Never give an animal to an adopter, no matter how nice she or he may seem, without first checking veterinary, landlord and personal references!)
Occasionally, a compassionate veterinarian will assist independent rescuers, who don't receive charitable donations, by providing very low-cost or free care for strays and other unsponsored, homeless animals.
Every vet clinic should be part of the solution for abandoned pets. Talk to your vet about ways he or she can help.
Meet A Few of Our Happy Tails They're seniors and adults, some medically compromised, who lost their homes through no fault of their own. These are among the animals who found loving adopters within weeks of our outreach.
You can do the same for animals in your community. Contact us for an eAlert and flyer template, and an adoption application.