Animals find themselves homeless for a multitude of reasons, usually through no fault of their own. Local shelters are often unable to provide the number of adopters and funding needed to handle all the animals they must intake every week. As a result, far too many (10,000 plus a day) of healthy, perfectly adoptable animals are killed every day in this country.
The good news is, in some areas of our country, communities do a great job adopting out their homeless animals. They have stricter spay and neuter laws, fewer breeders and puppy mills and they may have a shorter breeding season. These communities tend to cultivate a culture where people value and take care of their pets and adopting a "mutt" is respected. They often benefit from local groups that provide low cost spay and neuter- programs and the general attitudes on how to care for companion animals is different.
This is not the case everywhere. There are far too many communities where the exact opposite of this is true. Backyard breeders with no respect for the breed are abundant. Available spay and neuter programs for low income households are too few. These communities often end up with a disproportionate number of a certain breed and too many homeless animals in general.
Changing a community's treatment of their animals is a great solution but it takes time and stronger laws. Until then, animals will need transport to help make a dent in the needless killings of the many innocent, adoptable animals.
Video by Beth Duncan