Available Animals at Animal Shelters

Abi Clifford, Writer/Reporter

There are many animals that are in need of a home. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), “Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year.” This is very alarming, especially for animal lovers. The reason being, “1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats),” the ASPCA states.  

To investigate the struggles and frustrations in the animal line of work, I went to the Snake River Animal Shelter to get an inside view. “Basically it’s the people I find the most problems with. It’s just the people bringing in their dogs and their animals in and surrendering them, some of them are just really kind of…Dumb. It’s just kind of sucking it up and soldiering through and finding them better homes. The thing that I tell myself is that the best way to get through it, the best way to basically tolerate the people is that that dog or that animal doesn’t belong to those people if they’re going to treat it like that if they’re going to surrender it for that reason. That’s the hardest part. I’ve had people who surrendered their dog because they got a new puppy and their dog doesn’t like the puppy so they’ll keep the puppy instead, and that’s one of my biggest frustrations,” says Abi Chavez of the Snake River Animal Shelter.

The biggest problem with the animal line of work is just the disappointment that people could do such a thing to another living being. It needs to change and we’re the generation to do so.