Stop for a second. Just for a moment, think back to the time you adopted your first pet, or the pet you have sitting beside you now. Holding them in your arms with wide eyes staring up at you. At that moment, you took on a precious responsibility, the responsibility of an animal’s life. And since that moment, you’ve likely done everything you can to make that life both safe and fulfilling.
But, remember the statistics:
- Over 150,000 animal abuse cases are reported in the U.S. each year. The number of actual abuse cases is estimated to be much higher due to so many being unreported.
- Over 17,000 greyhounds alone are killed because they are no longer useful for racing.
- Over 30% of animal abuse cases are due to neglect by the owner. Another 20% is reported to be from fighting, beating, and torture.
- Approximately 250,000 animals are victims of animal hoarding; many are underfed, diseased, or dead when found.
- Over 7.6 million animals end up in shelters each year; about half are adopted, while 2.7 million are euthanized.
Shelters, sanctuaries, and other animal welfare organizations do not have the funding to care for every animal they take in. How do you reconcile the desire to save all when the funds only allow for some? There is so much more to be done, and so little time to do it before another animal suffers or is killed.
You understand what it is like to love and care for an animal with all of your heart. Now, you have the opportunity to save one from abuse and neglect. Animals America takes in donated clothing and sends the profits to animal welfare organizations across the nation. By donating and purchasing used clothing, you are saving an animal that is in pain. You are turning trash into treasure for an animal welfare organization that can save lives.
When we work together, we not only save the lives of animals in crisis situations, but we dramatically reduce our environmental impact. Over 15 million tons of textile waste is created in the U.S. alone, and only 5 million tons are being reused or repurposed in some way. You can turn your waste into resources for animals in danger. The choice is simple.
“Every day there is a problem to solve, and a solution at hand. We either choose to turn our backs and accept a world where suffering continues, or we fight and stop the pain for one individual at a time.”–unknown