According to the Wiregrass Humane Society in Dothan, they only keep animals for 20 days before they are euthanized. The Wiregrass Humane Society was organized in 1991, and they state the purpose for the shelter is,
The Society is organized for the purpose of providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals; the care of abused and abandoned animals; the prevention of pet overpopulation; and educating the public on the aforementioned.
The humane society in Dothan also says,
The Wiregrass Humane Society was not for the mere purpose of saving animals’ lives. It was also founded to provide education and assistance to the public regarding responsible pet ownership.
In addition to offering animals, a second chance at life, the Wiregrass Humane Society also offers Humane Education programs, Pet Therapy programs and Lost and Found services.
It would appear that people without homes in our nation is not only a problem for humans, but also for unwanted pets. Did you know according to the American Humane Society 8 million animals are taken to shelters annually?
Did you also know that almost 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized a year? That equates to one innocent animal being destroyed every eight seconds. A lot of times these unwanted pets are the offspring of beloved and cherished family pets.
Did you also know that 35% of people choose not to spay or neuter their pet? Most of these irresponsible owners choose to breed their pets because they have dollar signs in their eyes. Still others think it will be a “fun” experience.
However, what these irresponsible owners fail to realize is that it’s no fun for the unwanted pet who gets hauled off to the animal shelter.
Most of these cats and dogs have a short life once they reach the animal shelter. In rare cases, these unwanted pets are treated cruelly and inhumanely while they await death at some shelters.
The word of God in Proverbs 12:10 says,
A [consistently] righteous man regards the life of his beast, but even the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
This verse seems to speak volumes about the people who take no regard when it concerns man’s best friend. Many in our nation consider themselves Christians yet they don’t seem to live a lifestyle that exemplifies Christ.
People need to sit down and contemplate what owning a pet will mean before they make that decision.
Before buying a pet one should seek God’s wisdom in the decision, because there is much to consider in making this choice. God knows the future and if you will have the time or money to invest in pet owning.
The word of God says in James 1:5,
If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
People don’t always use wisdom when making a decision to become a pet owner. When they decide to get a pet, some do it without thinking about the ramifications of owning a pet.
Then when times get hard, or they no longer want to be bothered with the responsibility of a pet, they cast off their animals. We have become a society that seems to have no regard for life, whether it is a human or an animal. This is a sad commentary about our nation.
When making a decision to take an animal into our homes, there are many things to consider. Here are five common sense things to consider before bringing home a pet.
1. When you take an animal into your home, you are making a commitment for the lifespan of that animal.
- The average lifespan of a cat or dog is 15-20 years. Take that into consideration before bringing one home.
2. Can you afford to feed a pet? Pet food is not cheap and over a course of years that cost will add up.
- For example, buying premium food like IAMs can cost $20 per month. That’s $240 a year. Based on that alone you can expect to spend around $5,000 in food for your pet’s lifespan (and this does not include vet visits, treats, and various things that pets may need during their life-time.)
3. Do you have the time to care for a pet?
- Dogs, and cats to a degree, have to be properly trained and nurtured. Many animals, especially puppies and kittens, do not adjust well to solitude. Dogs constantly left alone can develop severe behavioral problems.
4. Why do you want a pet?
- Just because your child may want one is not a good enough reason to bring one into your home. If you are not ready to provide for all the needs of the pet don’t get one.
5. If you live in an apartment building make sure pets are allowed. Be prepared to pay a pet deposit.
Before giving one of God’s creations a home you should first of all seek him in making the decision. Since God knows the future obviously he knows whether it will be a good decision to make. Be willing to invest the time it takes to love and nurture the animal you bring into your home.
Being a responsible pet owner means being a good steward of what God created. There are many animals that have been “thrown away” so consider adopting instead of buying one from a pet store.
Most of the pets at the animal shelter are kind and loving. Many shelter animals are in danger of being destroyed because no one wants them.
All scriptures are taken from the Amplified Bible.