Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Save a life in September - or any month!

Adopting an animal from a shelter is one of the most rewarding things you can do, but I'm going to let pictures speak louder than words. 

The above video is a movie about Bosca. My folks adopted him from a shelter a few years ago and he's living it up big time (look out for his brother-from-another-mother, little Phil).

This month the Animal Welfare League is running the Save a Life in September campaign, designed to debunk myths about shelter animals (namely that they are all somehow "damaged goods") and to make people aware of the sheer hardwork shelter staff put into socialising, training and loving these animals.

According to the campaign, 80 per cent of people who adopted a companion animal from a shelter had no trouble bonding with their pet, and 99.7% said that their life was enriched since adopting from a shelter (so 19.7% might have had some minor bonding issues but life was definitely better).

But don't take my word for it. Watch for yourself. Click HERE to watch their video about adopting cats (I don't want to spoil it but the feline in this clip is a star).

Meantime if you're not yet following the buzz around the Getting2Zero summit, you might want to check our interviews with shelter vet Dr Lila Miller and dog trainer Cecile Ashen Young.