For most children, we grow up begging our parents for a furry friend to bring home and call our own.
In fact, this previous holiday season is one of the highest times of the year for pet purchases & adoption. Whether they’re given as a birthday gift or a holiday gift, new pets find new homes.
This past December Raul & I took a trip down to the Miami-Dade Animal Services at 7401 NW 74th Street in Miami, Florida. We decided that rather than purchase a new pup, we would consider adoption and save a life. We looked around and found 3 dogs that would be suitable to bring home considering we have a 2 year old daughter. We got wait-listed for the dogs and while we were there we found out that they were over-populated by cats. Being allergic to felines I felt horrible in having to turn away from considering a cat adoption but I felt that I would definitely make a trip back to volunteer some of my time in helping with pet adoption here.
While our furry friends are so excitable to greet us at the door after a long day at work, and offer a warm loving comfort on the sofa while we unwind from a hard day- many of us fail to realize that a big part of being a pet owner is being a responsible one.
Many of the abandoned pets that the Humane Society of Miami receives are strays that are captured on the streets.
In today’s economy, many pet owners have had to relinquish ownership at an animal shelter or have chosen to open their doors and abandon their pet. In doing so, they have let loose into our neighborhoods animals that have most likely not been spayed or neutered and are now free to reproduce. These poor puppies & kittens are then left to fend for themselves.
If they are lucky enough to be surrendered to a local animal shelter or captured by one, it is only a matter of time before the clock starts and they have a certain amount of time to find a home or be put to sleep.
In acting as a responsible pet owner, acknowledging that you can not afford to or choose not to have more puppies or kittens in your home, it is our humane duty to spay or neuter our pets.
The Miami-Dade Animal Services that I visited in December (address above), offers $30 spay/neuter services for dogs, every Tuesday and $15 spay/neuter for cats every Thursday. No appointment is necessary and surgeries are performed on a first come/first serve basis. Call or visit your local animal shelter for details on their spay/neuter services for your pet.
By the end of this month, we intend to bring home a spayed/neutered pet of our own and I will be sharing with you through this blog my volunteering experiences at my local shelter. Please share this blog post with your friends and fellow animal-lovers.
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