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Domestic Animal Rescue

Humans have been domesticating animals for thousands of years.  While some domestic animals are still raised for food or labor, most domestic animal species are kept as pets.  Millions of pets however are abused, abandoned into the wild or become homeless every year due to a variety of circumstances.  Since domestic animals depend completely on humans for their health and survival, hundreds of organizations around the world have been created to rescue and shelter pets in need.  Often large pet rescues involve organized programs and projects; certainly the creation of a pet rescue operation or organization is a project.  As with any project, professional project management processes and techniques can help.  Here are some resources for those interested in domestic animal rescue and protection.

Information and Statistics

Pet Statistics – USA - It's estimated that 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 44% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 35% have a cat. Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized; approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted. Read more here.

Nuwer, R. (2018): To sate China’s demand, African donkeys are stolen and skinned. The New York Times, January 2nd. Available online at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/science/donkeys-africa-china-ejiao.html (Ogutu)


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Articles, Blogs, Expert Opinions

Horton, L. (2021). The Awful Truth about Dog Shelter Statistics, blog post, Hound101.com, January 21. Online at https://hound101.com/awful-truth-dog-shelter-statistics/


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