• The Lake News Magazine

Adopt Don't Shop

An estimated 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized every year due to the lack of adoptive homes. Dogs and cats are put into pounds and shelters, hoping for a home to call their own. The hazards of pounds and puppy mills are mostly unknown to most pet-seekers. The Boulder Humane Society’s mission is to enhance the lives of companions and take in any animal in need. Along with other organizations like the Dumb Friends League, the main goal is to aid animals in getting safely adopted and rescued. Pet stores and breeders sell dogs solely for profit. Although there are virtuous breeders, it is important to be informed on what breeder one is buying from. Buying an animal from an unsafe breeder supports an unethical occupation. These mills often ignore the basic needs of pets, such as proper nourishment, human socialization, and humane hygienic care. The Lake reached out to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) and got in contact with Amanda Boreman—a staff member at HSBV. “Puppy mills are neglectful of the rights of animals and do not allow them to thrive.” Not only are these pets confined in small spaces, but are also subjected to foul pens, which can lead to skin disease, malnutrition, and other illnesses to spread rampantly. The most common illnesses reported by owners include intestinal parasites, respiratory issues, and behavioral issues, such as increased anxiety and aggression. Adopting a pet from a shelter is a more viable resource because it allows animals to flourish. At adoption centers, the proper care of animals is taken into account by providing veterinary care, food, water and a safe shelter. “Other animals arrive at HSBV due to medical or behavioral concerns that their former family is unable to help with. Sometimes things happen that don’t allow a family to keep their pet and that’s okay! [That] is why we are here to help animals in need.” Adoption centers such as The Humane Society of Boulder Valley place their animals at the top of their priorities. Always making sure that their pets never go neglected. Many of the animals at HSBV, had been abandoned or were strays, left with many injuries, sicknesses or behavioral issues. The Boulder Humane Society acts as a rehabilitation center and guides abused and wounded animals, to a better path of life. “Adopting animals provides a second chance for many pets, who are at the shelter for a variety of reasons,” Boreman said. “Many animals arrive at HSBV through our transfer program, which exists to help other communities in Colorado and beyond who are struggling with pet overpopulation, lack of resources for medical or behavioral care, or during times of natural disaster or crisis.” Another viable option is taking in a rescue animal. Many of the animals at rescue shelters had been previously abused, abandoned or strays. By adopting a rescue, one offers a new hope for dogs and cats who have been unfairly treated and deserve the love all animals should receive. The misconception of adoption being a difficult process can often lead people to stray away from the idea. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley makes it quick and simple for all that are looking to expand their family. Before adopting a new companion, they recommend spending at least an hour or two at the shelter, to build a better bond between an animal and their potential care-taker. Many people still go uneducated about the value of adopting animals. It is always helpful to donate to local adoption shelters, allowing them to pay the expenses of their animals. “We are lucky to be in Boulder and in Colorado – for years our state and city has been committed to pet adoption, and people often think of adopting a pet. The most helpful thing is to share that these animals need care and a safe place to go, so financial support allows us to provide for whatever needs may arise.” It takes a small amount of effort to help the lives of animals in need.