If you would like to save a pet from death, you can find out about  sponsoring, fostering or adopting one in this section of the website, as well as learning about issues surrounding abandonment of pets.

There are around 600 million unwanted, innocent, loving, adoptable dogs and cats in the world, many of whom are put to death, simply because people keep abandoning pets, but despite this, people keep breeding more puppies and kittens to try to make money, and  people keep rewarding these breeders, & encouraging them to keep breeding,  by paying large amounts for these puppies, when they could instead save a pet from death by adopting or fostering.

Many people who buy puppies from pet shops feel that they are saving the pet, and don’t realise they are actually funding the cruelty of Puppy Farms, where breeding dogs are kept in awful conditions, are horribly abused, not given necessary veterinary care, and inhumanely killed when they are no longer of use.
People running puppy farms are only concerned with profit, and not with animal welfare.
Some breeders who cannot sell their puppies are known to inhumanely kill the unsold puppies using methods such as drowning, or even burying them alive!

If nobody bought and everyone adopted, nobody would breed dogs as they wouldn’t make money, and eventually, no innocent, adoptable dogs would die. Nobody wants to admit responsibility and wants to pass the blame, but we ALL have a responsibility to do what we can to make this situation better, (and we can by adopting, fostering, sponsoring, volunteering, etc,) or at least not make it worse by buying, breeding or abandoning dogs.

When animal rescues with “no kill” or “non-destruction” policies are full (which sadly is most of the time), they cannot take in any more animals from the council/municipal ‘killing’ pounds, where animals only have a short time before they are put to death. This is to make space for the never ending stream of more abandoned pets.

By deciding to adopt, sponsor, or create an extra rescue space by fostering a pet, you will save a pet from death.

This section of the website contains pages telling you the different ways you can save a pet, including sponsoring, fostering and adoption. There is also information on many issues surrounding companion pets, as you will see further down the page.
To see all pages in this section, click on “Pages & Descriptions”  in the Page Contents list below.


If you choose, you can click on the titles below to go straight to that section of the page.

In this ‘Save A Pet’ section of the website, you can find out lots of information about adoption of rescue pets, and about sponsoring and fostering animals.

If you wish, you can also find an animal to sponsor, foster or adopt from a rescue near you.

We look at whole breeds of dogs unfairly labelled dangerous dogs, as well as other overlooked shelter pets that inexplicably struggle to find loving homes as a result and are most often the dogs killed at pounds.

We also explore the horrifying fates animals advertised in Free To Good Home adverts can endure by easily falling in to the wrong hands. There is also advice on how to best keep pets safe from this.

In addition, we look at the pain and heart break and expense bad breeders cause to animals and their owners through their greedy, money grabbing, corner-cutting, bad breeding practices.

It is estimated that up to 130,000 innocent, adoptable dogs of all ages are put to death every single year in the UK alone. Nearly 70  of them every day are Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dogs, because of over-breeding in the UK. Greyhounds are often victims of abandonment too.

In the US the number put do death every year is shockingly thought to be around 4 million, with Pit Bull Terrier types being the majority due to over-breeding there.

Both Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Pit Bulls are difficult to re-home, as these soft, gentle and affectionate dogs have an undeserved reputation as aggressive breeds.

There are many breed specific rescues which rescue & re-home specific breeds. Also, around 1 in 4 dogs in general rescues & shelters are pure breeds.

Pet shops are the worst place to buy puppies from, as they usually buy their supply from extremely cruel puppy mills, where the mother dogs live a life of torture in horrendous living conditions, and die of the abuse, or are killed when ‘used up’.

Sadly, buying puppies at all encourages people to keep making money from continuously breeding more dogs, despite knowing so many already existing innocent dogs are being killed everyday to make space for the ones they are breeding.

In addition, bad breeders often breed health problems in to puppies, causing them terrible pain and early deaths, & their owners heart-break & huge expense.

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To save a pet is extremely rewarding. Many people say that rescue pets are more loving because they believe they know that you rescued them and gave them a better life.

Examples of how one rescue, Hope For Paws, rescues frightened animals in need of loving homes can be seen in their touching, feel-good videoshere. To see more of their videos, click on the “YouTube Rescue Videos” icon at the top far-right of their page.

How Animal Rescue Works
Page Description:
Explains how the many different elements of the volunteer animal rescue community work together to save as many innocent animals as they can. It explains how each individual task fits in to the animal rescue process.

Adopting Rescue Pets
Page Description: Lots of details about pet adoption, answering questions you may have and why there is such an overwhelming problem of pet abandonment, leading to the constant killing of so many adoptable animals.

Animal Fostering & Sponsoring

Page Description: Information about the vitally important, and life saving act, of sponsoring or fostering animals.

So Called Dangerous Dogs & Overlooked Shelter Pets

Page Description: Explores why certain dogs are overlooked when people choose pets to adopt, why certain breeds gain bad reputations, and why there are so many innocent dogs of certain breeds in rescues and shelters being put to death.

Find A Pet To Sponsor, Foster Or Adopt

Page Description: If you would like to save a pet by sponsoring, fostering or adopting an animal, here you will find animal rescues all over the UK and the US and be able to see what animals they have available. Find animal rescues near you where you can save a pet.

Animals Free To Good Home Warning

Page Description: A warning about the appalling abusive situations many animals experience after falling in to the wrong hands as a result of being advertised as ‘free to a good home’, or cheaply. Also, advice about how best to avoid this.
Bad Breeders
Page Description: Dogs from bad breeders, who often present themselves as responsible breeders, often have more health and behavioural problems because of thoughtless and irresponsible breeding practices that net the breeder more profit, but leads to pain and distress for the pets, and heartbreak & expense for owners.

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If you would like to Find A Pet to adopt, foster or sponsor, go to this page.

If you cannot help stop the deaths of innocent pets by adopting, fostering or sponsoring animals, you can help by cross-posting pets looking for rescue spaces (see the Cross-Posting page for details of what to do).

Another way of helping save their lives, if you can afford to spare any money, is to donate at this website:
Pounds For Poundies

Even a pound could mean the difference between an abandoned pet being saved or put to death.

Remember that the vast majority of pets are abandoned through no fault of their own, but because of lack of thought and planning by humans.

Also, if you look at the Help Stop Animal Cruelty section of the website, you will find more things you can do there.


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