My passion for animals began… well, there is not an exact date. Honestly, I have always had a passion for animals. My first dog, Poz (yes, that’s how my four-year old self spelled it), was the beginning of a never-ending line of pets. All of the dogs that I have owned have been adopted, and I have loved the beautiful stories and funny personalities that each of them has brought into my life.

Jackson & I at Niagara Falls

If you follow my Instagram account, you know that I am obsessed with my dog, Jackson (read Jackson’s story by clicking here). If you don’t follow my Instagram, what are you waiting for? I make uplifting posts daily and you even get to see adorable animal photos!

My Instagram account is actually what has inspired me to write this blog post. Every Wednesday I do something called #WhyAdoptWednesday. While this began as me posting photos of Jackson and sharing my personal opinion about why you should adopt, I have begun to rethink this idea. Instead of posting my own thoughts and photos, I have been encouraging people to send me photos of their pets with stories attached.

Personally, I think it’s an awesome idea! Not only does this allow people to show off their pets (and we all know how much people love their pets – they’re family), but it also brings attention to the notion of #AdoptDontShop.

If you aren’t convinced yet, let me take this idea one step further. Yes, people know that adopting animals is important. However, I am not sure if everyone knows the prevalence of shelter animals that are euthanized each year. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure what the statistics were, but after some time researching, I was absolutely shocked!

Take a look!

U.S. Animal Shelter and Adoption Statistics

6.5 million animals enter animal shelters in the United States each year. 3.3 million are

Male dog at PetSmart who is seeking a forever home.

dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Of those 6.5 million, 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized. To break that down a bit, 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats are put down each year.

According to ASPCA, the number of euthanized animals has decreased from 2.6 million
since 2011. This decline has been influenced by the increased percentage of pet adoptions! 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year! Let’s break that down as well. 1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats are adopted each year.

That’s great, right? We have started to adopt more and more animals each year! Honestly, I cannot tell you how happy I was when I read that euthanizations have decreased by 2.6 million pets since 2011. The idea that humans kill innocent animals simply because we don’t have room for them and no one wants them is truly heartbreaking.

What Can YOU Do?

  • Adopt:If you have been searching for a “furrever” friend, visit your local PetSmart, Humane Society, and animal shelters. Find a sweet, innocent little animal who risks being put down simply because no one wants him or her.
  • Raise Awareness: Share information about pet adoption. For example, PetSmart does National Adoption Weekends multiple times throughout the year. During these weekends, thousands of pets are adopted. Share about these adoption weekends on social media. Actually, PetSmart is hosting a National Adoption Weekend this weekend (November 9-11, 2018).
  • Volunteer:If your schedule isn’t too busy, take some time volunteering at your local animal shelter! Or provide items to local animal shelters. Trust me, they can use all the help that they can get.

Share Your Story

If you want to share your pet adoption story and help raise even more awareness for adoption, contact me! I would absolutely love to feature you on my account. You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram, or email me at whatawonderfulllife606@gmail.com.

If you have a very heart-warming and lengthy story, I would even love for you to write a featured blog post on It’s a Wonder{FULL} Life. I have actually done this in a previous post, and I absolutely loved it! My goal for #WhyAdoptWednesday is to share my account, provide beautiful pet adoption stories with my followers and readers, and to continue to help raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption.




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