Milagros had been scavenging for food on the streets when Luis Rosario found her in the fall. She was thin and appeared to have recently had puppies. He took her in and started looking for a way to get her spayed. He heard about SpayathonTM and camped out the night before to ensure she got in. After her surgery, volunteers gave her a new dog bed, pet food and a bag full of toys. Rosario called the day “a home run.” He’s happy that Milagros no longer has to hunt for food or struggle to care for puppies. “Now,” he says, “she just gets to be my companion.”
We’ve made great progress in saving more pets, but millions still enter animal shelters and rescues every year. One way you can help is to have your pets spayed or neutered. Fewer animals in need of shelter will help local shelters save more lives, and spay/neuter also has health and behavioral benefits for your pet. Looking for an adoptable cat or dog to add to your family? Through the Shelter Pet Project, you can connect with your new friend and help homeless pets.
Adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue, or only buy from a responsible breeder who can show you where the puppy was born and where the mom lives. And you can do even more by only purchasing pet supplies from stores that don't sell puppies.