Essay about Animal Shelters : Animal Shelter

796 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
A great variation of studies have been conducted to show the rise if unadopted animals, and over- crowding in animal shelters. One author writes about how despite the workers best intentions most animals do not get adopted Turner, Berry, and MacDonald (2012). However, Fournier (2004) suggest animals show human like behaviors and with training humans will be more likely to adopt sheltered animals. Therefor, preventing a further surplus in unadopted animals. Belpedio (2010) shows studies how animals living in confined spaces showed higher levels of stress. The study showed when the animals were released from their confined kennels their stress levels decreased.
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Through out numerous studies it has been shown that pet adoption numbers are not increasing to the levels they need to be. In a 2010 census showed 89,571 dogs and 156,826 cats were entered into the animal shelter in the United Kingdom Stavisky, Brennan, Downes, and Dean (2012). The large number of animals put into shelters resulted in a need for more supplies to care for the animals. As a result of these animals being over- crowded, a large portion of the unadopted animals were euthanized. Euthanization is defined as ending the animals life with drugs administered by a trained professional. This is often called being “put to sleep.”

The study shows how over- crowding in the animal shelters results in the animals basic needs not being met. Such needs…

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