We love stories of dogs being rescued by loving humans. Unfortunately, however, if a dog is in need of rescue, that means it was first neglected or abandoned by its humans. In this heartbreaking story, we learn about the courage and strength of Maria, a paralyzed, pregnant, and abandoned dachshund who was forced to breed and then left to die. Luckily, a rescue group found her in time and helped give Maria a new life. Read on for the full story.
Maria is a remarkable dog.
Discovered paralyzed and pregnant, she was abandoned by her humans when they learned that in order to deliver her babies, Maria would need a $3,000 c-section operation. When she was rescued by Friends Of Emma, a rescue organization in Texas on a mission to rescue and heal homeless and abandoned dogs, Maria was diagnosed with anemia as a result of several past flea infestations, as well as a number of other infections.
It was clear that Maria had suffered from emotional damage due to her lack of care and horrible breeding conditions, and she was scared for the welfare of her unborn babies. But she had a group of people dedicated to saving her life and the lives of her puppies. You have to see this video to watch the incredible rescue.
It’s important that groups like Friends Of Emma work to rescue animals and find them loving homes. Here are 10 important facts about stray animals in the United States that you need to know.
1. There are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S.
2. Of this 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
3. That evens out to about five homeless animals for every homeless person in the U.S, reports DoSomething.org.
4. The two main reasons animals end up in shelters are because they’ve either been surrendered by their guardians or picked up off the street by animal control officers.
5. About 30 percent of shelter dogs are eventually reclaimed by their guardians, with cats far behind at only 2 to 5 percent.
6. What’s more, only about three to four million cats and dogs are adopted from shelters each year.
7. Know what this means? Nearly half of all animals that arrive in U.S. shelters are euthanized because there is a lack of space and adopters, amounting to roughly 2.7 million dead animals every year or five out of every ten dogs and seven out of every ten cats – that’s like 80,000 animals per week.
8. Five out of every ten shelter dogs each year amounts to about 5,500 euthanized dogs every day.
9. Of all the dogs that enter the shelter system, pit bull types have it the worst with a shockingly high euthanasia rate of 93 percent.
10. To pay for all of this – the impoundment, sheltering, euthanasia and subsequent disposal of homeless animals – U.S. taxpayers shell out between one to two billion dollars annually.
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