NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal shelters across the country?already overwhelmed with abandoned "pandemic puppies"?will soon face another crisis: Every January, shelters see a spike in unwanted dogs and cats who were given as Christmas presents to people who, it turned out, were unable or unwilling to care for them. That's why PETA is urgently advising people not to buy animals as gifts.
PETA asks everyone to remember these points:
"Giving someone a puppy for the holidays is signing them up for 16 years' and thousands of dollars' worth of responsibility," says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "Animal shelters are already reeling from the effects of the pandemic, and PETA says never give animals as gifts and never buy them from breeders or pet stores at any time of the year."
Around 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time. An estimated 10% of them end up in animal shelters, where many must eventually be euthanized for reasons including injury, illness, old age, emotional or psychological damage, and a lack of good homes. That's why PETA encourages everyone to adopt animals from shelters and never buy them from breeders or pet stores, which exacerbate the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis.
PETA's new "Dogs Aren't Toys or Holiday Gifts" holiday public service announcement is available here.
PETA?whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way"?opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
SOURCE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)