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What are owner surrenders and why do they matter?

As mentioned in the mission statement for Kibble2care, Inc the primary goal is to end owner surrenders in the greater-Atlanta area. But, What are owner surrenders anyway?


Owner surrenders are defined as giving your animal to a shelter or rescue because you are unable to continue caring for them. While many may assume that this is a better option for the animal, especially if the owner can not afford to properly feed and care for them, this is often not the case. Shelters care for numerous dogs at once, and in many scenarios, shelters can go over-capacity, meaning they cannot properly care for your pet, either.


In the U.S., 23 million pets live in underserved communities, meaning their owners make low income causing them to struggle caring for the pet. In addition, these animals are never spayed or neutered, simply due to lack of resources, leaving 87% of these animals un-fixed. Each year, 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters; this is a very large number for just 3,500 animal shelters and 10,000 rescue groups in the US. Because of these incomparable and impossible numbers, 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized each year; over 80% of these animals are healthy and ready for adoption. The numbers for euthanization are absolutely devastating in the U.S., as 70% of shelter cats end up being euthanized.

While many purchase pets from breeders, over 25% of shelter dogs are purebred. On average, one million people rehome their pets every year. There are more dogs in shelters than the shelters are capable of caring for, and owner surrenders and animal breeding are adding to a devastating problem in the U.S. Each year, over 131,000 animals are euthanized just in the metro-Atlanta area. There is a need in our community to end owner-surrenders, with the effort to keep animals at home with hopes to see a decrease in shelter numbers and yearly euthanization statistics.


In just a few months, Kibble2Care has helped nearly 500 families feed their pets. Soon, the organization will be paying to get a local family’s dog and cat spayed. This would not be possible without the help and support of our community. With your continuous support, we are one step closer to ending owner surrenders. Every donation counts, and can help keep an animal at home. There is now an opportunity to sign up for monthly donations, which allows the organization to commit to feeding a certain number of families monthly. Whether you sign up to donate $3 a month or $50, your donation is helping fight against owner-surrenders and the devastating truth of euthanization in metro-Atlanta.


For more information on shelters, owner-surrenders, and euthanization, visit humanesociety.org. Visit our Make an Impact page for additional information on monthly donations and other ways you can help us put an end to owner-surrenders.

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