April 14, 2008
When most people think about adopting pets breed, size and color are some of the criteria considered. A website takes it one step further, by posting one important detail; how many days a dog has left to live.
According to the Humane Society, every year between 3 and 4 million dogs are put down by shelters across the country. Those startling numbers prompted a couple of dog lovers to create a website aimed at giving dogs a second chance at life.
Co-founders of the site dogsindanger.com came up with the scare tactic of posting how many days until a dog becomes in danger of being euthanized to catch the attention of potential adopters.
“It's necessary at this point I know how many dogs are euthanized every day and I think that these dogs are desperate to find homes, so I think that's just the kind of motivation you need,” dog owner, Kristen Kuhlman said.
Some argue that the site may not be in the best interest for the dogs. People, who are compassionate and want to save a life, may not be ready to take on the commitment.
SPCA’s Executive Director, Susanne Kogut said, “When you're looking to adopt a dog, you should be looking at your situation and whether the pet that you're looking at needs that situation in any respect.”
The site is operated by a non-profit called The Buddy Fund Inc. They believe the site is just the kind of exposure needed to find kind hearted dog lovers.
“People who would adopt a dog with one day left to live, are the people that should have these animals with big hearts,” Kuhlman said.
“Generally the people that are really feeling really guilty or sad are probably good homes,” Kogut said.
While every dog in danger of being put down can't be saved, it is a pro-active approach to stopping the killing of the animals so many across the nation call, our “best friends.”
If you adopt from any shelter, whether it's posted on dogs in danger or not you are saving a life.
Since it’s inception in October 2007, the site has saved more than 5,000 dogs. There are no shelters in the Charlottesville area who post on the website, but there are plenty of pets in the area who need a good home.
For more on where you can adopt a pet or how to donate visit dogsindanger.com