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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Animal rescue movements exist throughout the world as animal shelters and animal rescuers that take pets from abusive homes, etc. One of the first was the “Animal Rescue Movement” (ARM), the no kill animal shelter. Their mission was to keep animals until people can foster or adopt cats and/or dogs.
Approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters nationwide and each year, another 2.6 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). Over 56 billion animals are killed each day for food by humans, not including fish and other sea creatures.
High school and college students can volunteer and/or work in animal shelters or rescue leagues, for community service hours or even the opportunity to rescue a pet of their own.”I volunteer at the animal shelter because I love animals and I want to help them, dogs especially,” said LRHS junior Kara Bonami, “getting community service hours or college credit is just an added bonus.”
“I love animals, too,” said freshman Stephanie Carrol. “I have helped out with dogs and cats for years now, and knowing that I’m helping animals while earning hours for college is awesome and rewarding.”
The LRHS Key club and Lakewood Leaders also help at the animal shelter every now and then, feeding and moving cats and dogs, sometimes even helping giving a dog, cat its medicine, or help it find a new home.
“I want to be a vet when I grow up,” said senior Millie Harvey, “so doing this and earning hours for it will help me get my degree enormously and on top of that it’s fun.”
Another animal rights movement is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), an organization that rescues abused and neglected creatures, providing them with food, shelter, and medical care.
ASPCA also works with all levels of government to fight for stronger animal cruelty laws. The Humane Society of the United States does the same. Both organizations use donations and fundraisers to do so and protect and rescue farm animals, pets, wildlife and animals used for scientific testing.
About 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year and another 649,000 animals who enter the shelter are returned to their owners.
Anyone can donate to these causes and funds go towards helping animals and providing them with what they need.