Many animal rescues struggle with overpopulation and lack of funding, but this issue is widespread in Brazil where overcrowded shelters lead to poor health conditions, stress, depression, and starvation. Some pet owners drop off unwanted pets at shelters believing that they will be cared for and adopted, not understanding the painful reality of what shelters face when they don’t have the funds to care for the animals left at their door.
Often these animals suffer in horrible conditions and meet agonizing deaths because there simply isn’t enough money to give them the care they need and deserve.
Quatro Patinhas, or “Four Paws Association,” an animal advocacy organization in Brazil, tried an experiment with rescue animals to educate the general public about what rescue pets can offer to families looking for a new furry companion.
People pay upwards of thousands of dollars for pets in stores, says Christianne Duarte Garoiu, the president and founder of Quatro Patinhas, “but there are many other pets that would bring so much love with them for all their lives and people don’t need to pay a cent for it.”
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