There are many reasons why animals end up in shelters. They can be strays, or lost, but a big reason is that they are no longer wanted. Their former owners decide they cannot keep them and subsequently drop them off at the pound. Fortunately, there are shelters and organizations to take these unwanted creatures, but unfortunately, these places are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of animals that need homes.

That’s what makes images like the one below bittersweet. On one hand you have these sweet, furry little faces are safe from harm and nestled together in a kennel, but on the other they’re still in the kennel and are in need of a forever home.

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While watching one cat comfort its sister, it becomes apparent that we are so closely related to these animals. How? Well, what do we do when we see those we love in fear? OK. We probably don’t paw the back of their heads or jump on their backs, but we do our best to be a comfort to them! And that’s exactly what is shown in this image. These two siblings are waiting for their forever home in a shelter. One seems to be a little stressed out and the other is rubbing her back as if to say, “Don’t worry, we’ll get our chance!”

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Green Monsters, it’s simple to be a part of the solution when it comes to animals in shelters! Rescuing, fostering and adopting animals is one of the most satisfying experiences a person can have. Knowing that because of your small effort an animal will have a fair chance at a decent life is powerful.

There are numerous rescues, shelters and “Friends of” organizations out there that can help you make the right choice when seeking a companion animal. Not only will you be helping to rescue an animal from a shelter, but you will also be freeing up that space for another animal to take their place and to have their big chance at being adopted.

Lead image source: Dave Parker/Creative Commons