Surrendering your pet to an animal shelter should be your last alternative. Looking at these figures should give you a clear picture of the chances your cat has of being adopted from a shelter should you surrender it.
In fact according to statistics, cats account for two-thirds of all companion animals euthanized in animal shelters nationwide and each year, the United States spends about two billion dollars dealing with the pet overpopulation problem. Shelters, people to provide care as well as euthanizing and disposing of so many animals comes at a staggering cost.
The odds are about one chance in three that your cat will make it out of an animal shelter alive. Proper planning and a little effort on your part can prevent that from happening.
If you put it off until the last minute, you might be faced with little choice other than a municipal shelter or some other shelter that euthanizes pets.
If you choose to simply abandon your pet, not only are you breaking the law as well as the bond of trust you once had, it is entirely possible that your cat could be hit by a car, attacked by another animal or contract a disease that would cause unimaginable suffering.
If you take your pet to a municipal shelter, it is a sad fact that once you sign the surrender form, they are under no obligation to put your pet on the adoption list and can euthanize it after you walk out the door.
No animal shelter employee or staff member looks forward to euthanizing a healthy, friendly and highly adoptable pet, but it is a sad reality that there are too many pets and never enough adoptive homes.
This reality forces some very difficult choices to be made and your pet might pay with its life.
If you procrastinate, put it off or “just don’t want to deal with it”, your pet could be euthanized as a result-it’s just that simple.
A responsible pet owner must ask themselves what they are willing to do to prevent their animal from losing its life in an animal shelter.