The Basics

Wondering what the best way for you to help out in the pet world is? Hoping you may be able to help your local shelter or rescue? We can let you know how these organizations operate and the various ways in which you can get involved.

There are over 13,000 adoption organizations currently operating in the U.S. Many of these shelters are small independent organizations, and there is no governing body. Our shelter locator is a great way to find shelters and rescues located near you. Over 7 million pets enter these shelters/rescues each year and, unfortunately, over 2 million end up being euthanized. For anyone looking to add a new member to their family, adoption fees vary but are usually reasonably low. Oftentimes the fee covers only the cost to spay/neuter the pet. For shelters/rescues this makes operations tough, and they can use all the help they can get. These nonprofit organizations keep very little of the money from adoptions, as only a small percentage of pets coming in have already been spayed/neutered. On top of these costs shelters/rescues struggle with veterinary needs, food and care, staff, rent and energy, etc. Many of these organizations operate largely on a volunteer basis. If you are looking to get involved in ways other than adoption, the most common options are to volunteer, donate, or foster animals.

For more shelter and pet statistics, we encourage you to visit the ASPCA site.