Denver, CO – Millions of pets are up for adoption at shelters across the country, including through Colorado rescue groups participating in Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on Saturday.
Adopt a Pet Shelter, celebrated annually on April 30, was set aside to raise awareness for the millions of cats, dogs and other pets awaiting adoption at the 3,500 animal shelters across the country.
In Colorado, people looking for a pet should consider adopting rather than buying from a pet store or breeder, animal welfare advocates say.
Here are some animal shelters in the Denver metro area:
About 3.2 million cats and 3.1 million dogs enter american animal shelters each year, according to the ASPCA, the animal welfare group formerly known as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
About 2.1 million cats and 2 million dogs are adopted each year, but some never make it. About 530,000 cats and 390,000 dogs are euthanized each year, according to the ASPCA.
There is evidence that awareness campaigns such as Adopt a Shelter Pet Day and adoption events reduce the number of pets languishing in shelters or being put down. The ASPCA also said more lost pets are being returned to their owners now than a decade ago, when 6.2 million of the 7.2 million cats and dogs entering shelters were euthanized.
There are many reasons to adopt a pet. One of the most important is the money you will save.
Buy a pet is not cheap. Both purebred dogs and purebred cats can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. The record spent on a dog appears to be $1.95 million, the amount a Chinese businessman spent on a Tibetan Mastiff, a status symbol in China.
A few other examples: a Samoyed, an ancient breed from Siberia, costs around $14,000 as a puppy, and the cost of a corgi ranges from about $700 to $2,000.
The purchase price does not include the cost of neutering, neutering, vaccinating or microchipping the animal, services that are often included in an animal shelter’s adoption fee.