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Why it's important!

Animal rescue is a social service that helps protect animals from dangerous situations that often involve cruelty and abuse.



  • No Living Being Deserves to Be Treated Poorly
  • Animals That Get Away Can Be Dangerous to Society
  • Ignoring the Problem Contributes to It
  • Pet Overpopulation


Prioritizing Animal Welfare

On average 6.3 million companion animals enter animal shelters each year. Roughly only a bit over half of them end up getting adopted.  Each year, approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized. There is an enormous need for rescuing animals. These organizations take in animals that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. They are then treated with the appropriate needed care.


This may include:

  • Providing shelter
  • Food
  • Water
  • Veterinary care
  • Rehabilitation

Through proper rehabilitation and medical care, animals are able to go home happy and healthy to loving homes in their local communities.


Reuniting Pets and Owners

Not all pets are intentionally abandoned.  Natural disasters are one such occurrence.  In fact, less than half of pet owners have a plan or are prepared for these emergency situations. This helps us understand better how animals may be separated from their owners during these times.


But natural disasters aren’t the only thing that separates families from their furry friends.  With many celebrations there are loud noises that spook or a situation that frightens the dog or cat can lead to them bolting. The anxiety they feel after that may continue to push them to keep going.


Education and Awareness

Not everyone is familiar with animal rescue efforts in their community. When these efforts spread, not only is it better to have all hands-on deck to save animals, but the effort spreads to other communities.


Getting animals off the street is not only safer for them but also safer for the community. Being educated on these organizations lets you know who to call and what to do is vital!


Part of being educated on the topic is understanding that pets who have been abandoned for a variety of reasons may pick up infectious diseases. If they are in survival mode, they need to find food sources. They also may be on edge. Keeping streets clean and safe to help limit the spread of infectious diseases is a key benefit to local communities.


Ending Puppy Mills Adopt Instead

Mass breeding and puppy mills are incredibly dangerous to mothers who spend their entire lives giving birth in horrific conditions. Not only is the treatment of the mother inhumane, but the puppies don’t get the adequate care they need either. This leads to them being sold with the likelihood of numerous health issues that become costly for the family and horrific for the dog.


Currently, 10,000 active puppy mills are estimated to be running in the United States. This leads to roughly 2.6 million puppies sold annually out of puppy mills. Animal rescues pair with authorities to investigate and help save the dogs from these conditions.


Information Sources

The Impact of Animal Rescue Efforts on Local Communities - Code 3 Associates - Nicole McCray