Animal activism has changed drastically in recent times. Less often are headlines made about PETA events involving red paint and fur coats lately, and more often animal rescue stories end in pets and people finding solace and comfort in each other.
Most animal rescue stories don’t begin at the shelter, instead the shelters they find themselves in are all too often the last place many animals will see in this lifetime.
This tragic reality is due to the fact that over three and half million animals end up in shelters and are euthanized as a result of illness, injury, or are simply never adopted for whatever reason.
As more and more shelters shift toward no-kill solutions, the need for volunteers has risen drastically, and thankfully, humans are coming through in amazing ways.
Your social media allows you to instantly connect with people around the world, but it also can connect you with new animal friends just as quickly. Facebook and Twitter pages are inundated with pictures of animals, both graphically heartbreaking and truly inspirational.
The latest social trend of rescued pet photography has changed the image of animal activism, one furry snout and fluffy face at a time. Creative, outside the box thinking has brought animal activism into the 21st century with style, pizazz and more than a little tugging at heartstrings.
Seriously, is there anything more adorable than a grinning pit bull cuddling a kitten? Maybe a picture of a grizzled veteran being bombarded with puppy kisses instead of enemy fire gives you all the feels. These are the photos that have the internet just bursting with adoptable animals waiting to find their forever families.
When you adopt a shelter pet, the most important thing to remember is that these animals have been mistreated before you met them. This makes shelter pets less inclined to be automatically trusting of their human companions. Give your new furry family member some time, space, and lots of patience, and you’ll be surprised how quickly they acclimate to their new environment.
Sometimes, an animal has been so badly mistreated that it takes more than one attempt to find the right family, so, if you do adopt a rescued pet and it simply doesn’t work for whatever reason, please consult with the shelter you adopted it from.
The volunteers at the shelter know how challenging and rewarding these types of adoptions often are and are not going to judge negatively if you are honest and sincere about the situation. Often, it’s just a simple matter of training on the part of owner and pet alike that resolves the issue.
Honestly, there’s no shortage of pets needing homes, so continue to volunteer, even after your new fur baby is settled in. Animals love to volunteer, as well.