Animal shelters need both your money and time
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By Kelli Davis, Teen correspondent  August 7, 2014 11:34 am

It is accepted almost universally that stray animals are just an unfortunate addition to our lives. Domesticated animals, such as dogs and cats are common sights in most neighborhoods, even those of which are very busy and contain a lot of traffic. 

Housecats are by far the most frequently sighted animal in Rohnert Park, so much so that most people have gotten completely used to seeing them out on the streets. 

Organizations such as the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and the Humane Society of the United States are working diligently to stop the mistreatment of animals all over the nation, and even then there is still an incredibly long way to go. 

Rampant animal overpopulation is a major problem for the United States as a whole because it affects us all. 

Taxpayer money is spent directly on the costs of upkeep of shelters and the various expenses they have, totaling $2 billion dollars spent every year. According to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, there are 70 million stray dogs and cats living in the country, and 70,000 kittens and puppies are born each day. 

A majority of the animals entering the shelters are under 18 months old, and around 90 percent are healthy and available for adoption. Tragically, because of overpopulation, millions of these animals die every year without proper care and shelter. 

Numerous solutions are being talked about and implemented in the country, and they include plans to involve the government to help with the funding of shelters, making more donations to help the finances of the shelters and buying animals from shelters instead of puppy mills. Usually, the best option is to get pets spayed or neutered and receive animals exclusively from shelters for your next adoption. 

Nearly every city in Sonoma County has an animal shelter, and that is no different for Rohnert Park. The Rohnert Park Animal Shelter is one of the best in terms of policies and services available to pet owners and prospective owners. Forgotten Felines has teamed up with the shelter and brings its own cats over to be adopted, so there are always cats available. The shelter is currently doing a No More Pets Lost campaign, and residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati are being offered personalized I.D tags and micro chipping, both free of charge. 

It might not seem like a big priority in the country, but animals all over are being abused and neglected. 

Each shelter, no matter where, is doing its best to provide care for the animals that are brought in, but it is hard with limited funding and the number of cats, dogs, and even rabbits brought in every day. No matter where you are, animal shelters are one of the most rewarding places to visit and donate to, whether it is with money or time.

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