If Obama had adopted a pet from a shelter, it could have been the turning point for the pet-overpopulation problem in this country. With pet relinquishment up 20 to 30 percent due to the poor economy, pets in shelters can use all the help they can get.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 11, 2009 - Today North America's largest non-profit pet-
adoption web service, Adopt-a-Pet.com, which gained attention by releasing an Obama-themed Shepard Fairey ADOPT art print, expressed sadness and disappointment at the Obamas' rumored impending acquisition of a dog from a Texas breeder, a decision that is in sharp contrast to the President's earlier pledge to adopt from a shelter.
"This is truly a missed opportunity to set a pet-adoption trend among Americans," said Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com. "If Obama had adopted a pet from a shelter, it could have been the turning point for the pet-overpopulation problem in this country. With pet relinquishment up 20 to 30 percent due to the poor economy, pets in shelters can use all the help they can get."
Many Americans share this sentiment. "We are hearing from people all over the country that they feel let down by the President's change of heart," said Moore, "which is why we're launching a new 'Social Petworking' campaign in the coming days to encourage Americans to adopt. To all those people out there who feel like hope has been dashed for millions of pets in shelters, we say there is something you can do. Go to Adopt-a-Pet.com, find an adoptable pet in your area, and send the link out to your friends or use the sharing tools to post that pet's information on your Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter feed. Spread the word. We can keep hope alive."
Adopt-a-Pet.com (formerly 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com) is North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website, helping over 7,000 animal shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups, and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free. Adopt-a-Pet.com displays photos and descriptions of adoptable pets to over 1.5 million people seeking to adopt a pet each month, and is funded by the passionate pet lovers at Purina and North Shore Animal League America. Aside from being able to adopt a dog or adopt a cat, Adopt-a-Pet.com visitors may now also adopt a rabbit, horse, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, farm-type animals and other small pets.