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Freckles Finds A Forever Home is a lovely children’s book about helping a cute little bunny find a family, which is a wonderful way to tell children to go to animal shelters.
We humans have a quirky relationship with animals. Without beating around the bush, we can get a bit overbearing, and sometimes, we ruin their habitats and stuff.
There’s also this fascinating relationship we have with some animals, where we domesticate them, i.e., make them used to living with us and take care of them by providing shelter, food, companionship, etc. It all sounds really great, right? Well, sometimes, people can be a bit mean to their pets and animals in general, and when that happens, it’s the job of special professionals to help these animals get away from abusive homes and put them in animal shelters.
What are animal shelters, you may ask?
They are what their name says they are: a shelter for animals. Animal shelters play a very crucial role in taking care of animals that have been abandoned or abused by their owners or pets who’ve managed to get out of their homes and get lost. They provide a safe haven for pets, and they also help control the population of stray animals in our communities.
How Animal Shelters Help Animals
The greatest help animal shelters offer is being a safe and secure environment for animals. As we’ve talked about before, people can get very mean with animals, and the animals that are on the receiving end of that meanness require medical attention, rehabilitation, and a whole lot of love and care.
Animal shelters also help in dealing with stray animals. Some animals, when they are away from their homes, can become quite antsy and aggressive. This makes them very dangerous to be around and, as such, they have to be taken to someplace where they can learn to calm down so that they are either returned to where they originally came from or have the chance to be adopted.
For animal lovers and prospective nature caretakers, animal shelters are ideal places to try out if you have what it takes to become a vet, an animal scientist, or whatever. Unlike a lot of “human” clinics, animal shelters depend on the altruism of volunteers to function, from feeding and caring for animals, cleaning the shelter, cooking for other volunteers, etc.
Another thing that animal shelters are good for is that they often have outreach programs that teach their communities about the importance of animal welfare, taking care of animals, and being careful around them, especially wild ones. One of the things animal shelters are known for is spreading awareness of how animal cruelty is not good and should not be tolerated at any cost.
Finding Forever Homes for Everyone
Finally, animal shelters, being a place where animals are kept and cared for, are a good place to adopt a pet and give them a chance to stay at a forever home. Every year, there are thousands and thousands of pets that end up in animal shelters all across the country. This can happen for any number of reasons–abuse, abandonment, drifting, surrender–and these animals deserve a second chance.
When you adopt from an animal shelter, you can also save a lot of money compared to if you go to a fancy and expensive pet store. A lot of shelters only need you to pay a nominal adoption fee, and that small payment already covers several necessary procedures like spaying, vaccination, and more. This is because a lot of professionals in an animal shelter are also veterinarians.
Going to animal shelters can also be a very responsible choice. When you adopt from a shelter, you are not supporting a billion-dollar industry. You also help in controlling the stray population in your community by providing a home for a shelter animal.
Lastly, adopting from an animal shelter is simply a fulfilling and rewarding experience. When you adopt a pet, you gain a loyal companion and make a positive impact on the life of an animal in need. You are providing them with love, care, and a forever home.
Freckles Finds A Forever Home is a lovely children’s book about helping a cute little bunny find a family. If you want to know more about how to take care of rabbits, this article might be of help: Tips and Guide for Beginners in Caring for A Pet Rabbit.