Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Increase funding to non-profit pet rescues and shelters
With millions of animals abandoned or surrendered each year, small, privately-owned, non-profit animal shelters and sanctuaries are pressed to the breaking point without sufficient funds. Though they do both animals and the public a great service—taking in unwanted animals, or rescuing those that owners can no longer afford to care for—non-profit organizations often struggle to make ends meet, and many are forced to shut down. Demand that the United States government consider increased funding for non-profits.
Non-profits are typically volunteer-run, depending on individuals willing to donate time and effort for no pay, and face difficulty when there are not enough volunteers to carry out necessary tasks. They also struggle with limited capacity, and are forced to turn away animals in need when there is not enough space. Even so, many non-profits take steps to address the problem of feral cats and stray dogs, offering spay-and-neuter programs and veterinary care.
With the economic recession, more animals have been abandoned or surrendered to a system that continues to struggle. Though some non-profit government grants do exist, there is still not enough funding to sustain the efforts of non-profits across the country. Millions of animals suffer and die on the streets, or are abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Faced with disease, exposure, and the dangers of vehicular collisions and other animals, they are in desperate need of help.
Should government funding for non-profit shelters increase, these animals may face a better future. Non-profits will have the capability to expand operations, take in more animals, and afford greater amounts of supplies. With so many unwanted pets, there must be greater funding for non-profits to give animals a second chance.
Dear Speaker of the House John Boehner,
The plight of unwanted animals, from dogs to horses, has become increasingly desperate in the face of economic depression. Millions of animals are abandoned or homeless, left to fend for themselves, or put down by humane societies that simply cannot care for them. These numbers are staggeringly high, and without sufficient government aid, there are few options available to shelters and rescues to combat the unwanted pet problem.
It is clear that something must be done. I ask that the government increase funding and grants toward non-profit animal shelters and rescues. Only with proper monetary resources can these organizations function without fear of financial collapse.
Providing greater funding would also allow for wider-spread and more effective spay-and-neuter programs, reducing the pet population further and providing much-needed services for those unable to afford the operation. Greater funding would help put an end to the suffering of millions of animals, and give those who might otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space a second chance.
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