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There are so many amazing animals out there that need rescuing, and it’s important to remember that all of them deserve a chance at a better life. Whether you’re looking for a companion, a pet, or just a way to help out, rescuing an animal can be a rewarding experience. Here are some of the top animals you can rescue:
Dogs are one of the most popular animals to rescue, and for good reason. There are many reasons why you should rescue a dog. First, you are helping to reduce the number of homeless animals in the world. Every year, approximately 3.1 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide, and of that population, about 670,000 are euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of resources. Plus, dogs are loyal, loving, companions, and there are so many different breeds and sizes to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect pup for you!
Cats are another popular choice for animal rescue. They’re independent and affectionate and make great companions. Plus, they’re low-maintenance and don’t require as much attention as dogs. Rescuing cats is also a great way to help reduce the number of cats in shelters. Many cats in shelters are there because their owners can no longer care for them or because they were abandoned. Approximately 3.2 million cats enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide annually, and an estimated 860,000 cats are euthanized. By rescuing a cat, you are giving them a second chance at a happy life.
Rescuing birds is an incredibly rewarding experience, and it can be a great way to help out our feathered friends. Birds are vital to the environment and play an important role in the food chain. Sadly, many birds are in danger due to detrimental human activities, such as habitat destruction, Pollution, and Climate change. By rescuing birds, you can help to ensure that these species can survive and thrive. One of the most common ways to rescue birds is to get involved in a local bird rescue organization. These organizations depend on volunteers who are trained to safely capture and transport injured or orphaned birds to a rehabilitation center, so they can ultimately be released back into the wild.
With so many animals needing to be adopted, many people don’t realize just how wonderful rabbits can be as companions. Companion rabbits are incredibly sweet, social animals. Unfortunately, there is an overcrowding of small animals in shelters, making rabbits just as likely as larger animals to be euthanatized if they do not get adopted; and there are many recused rabbits needing forever families. As a result, rabbits are the third most surrendered pet to animal shelters. If you are ready to welcome a new animal into your life, you can visit your local animal rescue and change an animal’s life!
Horses are beautiful, powerful, and majestic creatures. And sadly, they’re often subjected to abuse at the hands of humans. The racing industry exploits horses for the sole purpose of “entertainment,” and others are subjected to a life of work involving pulling carriages through city streets or being used as a source of entertainment. When horses are no longer of use or someone can no longer afford their care, they’re often sent to auction, where they can be purchased for further use or shipped off for slaughter. While horses are no small commitment and require room to roam and graze, as well as a safe, warm place for shelter, they are highly intelligent and emotional creatures. Consider adopting a horse if you have the time and resources to properly take care of a horse and give them everything they need to have the happy and full life they deserve!
Pigs are intelligent animals that are often overlooked when it comes to animal rescue. These social animals need to be rescued for a variety of reasons, from their mistreatment in factory farms to their abandonment in petting zoos and their use in medical research. They are often kept in small, cramped enclosures and are not given the proper care and attention they need. The first step you can take is to find a local pig rescue organization and consider adopting one yourself. Many pig rescues have pigs available for adoption, and you can provide a loving home for a pig in need. Before adopting, make sure you are prepared to provide the pig with a safe and comfortable environment, as well as the necessary food and medical care. If you’re not ready for the commitment, organizations often have volunteer opportunities!
Mice do not have easy lives. When found in homes, they’re chased by brooms and sometimes exterminated. And of course, they are used frequently for animal testing in the research space, with 95 percent of lab animals being mice or rats. Mice may not be as beloved as dogs and cats in our society but at the end of the day, they are living beings just like everyone else. They’re simply trying to get enough food to survive, live in peace, and if possible, find a bit of companionship. You can search online for a local rescue organization or contact your local animal shelter to see if they have any resources for rescuing mice.
Reptiles are some of the most vulnerable animals to the illegal wildlife trade. Millions of animals are often collected from the wild and sold as exotic pets or used for their body parts in traditional medicines. Roughly 5,800 species are threatened with over-exploitation, and approximately 90% of traded reptile species and half of the traded individuals are captured from the wild. Reptiles are particularly vulnerable to the illegal wildlife trade because they are slow to reproduce and have long lifespans. This means that it takes a long time for their populations to recover from the losses caused by the illegal wildlife trade. The first step in standing up against the illegal wildlife trade is to educate yourself and others about the issue and spread awareness!
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