Things That Kids Can Do To Help
BUY ANIMALSADOPT THEM***
If you and your family decide to bring an animal into your
home, adopt one (or two). Dont buy one from a pet store. That way you
can save a homeless animal from death and your money wont be used to support the dog
and cat population explosion. The goal of the pet shops is to make money so animals in
them are often treated as just another "item" to be sold.
Many of the puppies in pet shops come from puppy mills. These are
places where sad, lonely dogs live in small cages under awful conditions and are forced to
give birth to puppies over and over again. After about five or six years, the dogs in the
puppy mills dont have enough puppies so theyre killed. If people didnt
buy puppies from pet shops, then the puppy mills would go out of business and the dogs in
shelters would find good homes instead of being killed.
When you are ready to adopt an animal, dont overlook the ones
who may not seem "cute" to other people. These need just as much love as any
others and will give you much love and appreciation in return.
When your friends tell you they want to buy a fancy, pedigree dog or
cat, tell them about all the homeless animals who are waiting to be adopted. The dogs and
cats in shelters are just as nice as the dogs in pet shops. Shelters even have many of the
same pedigree dogs and cats as pet stores. There are also many rescue groups for
purebreds, so if people want a specific kind of dog or cat they can always adopt one from
the rescue group. You can visit Pet Finders to look
for animals that are up for adoption. You can search by breed or zip code to find just the
right animal at a shelter or rescue group near you.