Mabel the Rescue Dog

Encourage Dog Lovers to Adopt 💕

3 min read (articles narrated by Mabel)

One of the biggest reasons humans should adopt is because many dogs are euthanized just to save space in shelters. There are only a few states that have no kill shelters (I heard that Delaware was recently labeled the first no-kill shelter state!) So, sadly, no dog is really safe in the majority of the other states, which is why humans need to adopt more often.

According to ASPCA, about 6.5 million animals are in shelters each year, and unfortunately, about 1.5 million are euthanized every year. That’s terrible! It’s difficult to even imagine why someone would do such a horrible thing.

Which States Kill the Most Shelter Animals Each Year?

This is such a difficult topic to talk about, but there are a few states that have far more dog and cat deaths than any of the others. Here are the top 5:

  • #1 – Texas (125,000 animals killed each year)
  • #2 – California (110,000 animals killed each year)
  • #3 – Florida (66,000 animals killed each year)
  • #4 – North Carolina (62,000 animals killed each year)
  • #5 – Georgia (43,000 animals killed each year)

These large numbers are heartbreaking. How can humans kill these innocent animals when they could’ve been adopted? We need to put an end to these horrible facilities, which is why I created this article to help spread awareness.

How Can You Help?

It might not seem like just one person can make a difference, but if everyone tries to do something to help these dogs, then you could save lives.


If you adopt a dog, you could really be saving their life. Every adoption matters, especially if more people choose adoption over breeding more puppies. So, if you are looking for a new family member, please adopt!

However, if you don’t have time or room in your home for another dog at the moment, then that’s okay! Just make sure you encourage others to adopt. If you hear about someone considering breeding a puppy, try to persuade them to adopt instead. Many people get puppies simply because they are not aware of how many dogs die each year, so be sure to educate them.

Spay and Neuter Your Dogs

Since dogs are so overpopulated, you don’t want your dog to accidentally bring more puppies into the world. Always spay or neuter your dog. Just because you don’t think your dog will get pregnant or get another dog pregnant doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Please eliminate this risk completely so that more puppies won’t be brought into the world for no reason.

Become a Foster Parent

Being a dog foster parent isn’t for everyone, but if you have room in your home, please give it a try! By fostering dogs, you are giving them a place to stay outside of the shelter or rescue which can save some space. Plus, your home is likely much more comfortable than where they’d be otherwise, so not only could you be saving their life, but you’d also be making them more comfortable while they wait for their forever home.


A lot of times, shelters and rescues don’t only need extra space, but they need more time, money, and people to help. If you can volunteer to help out or donate to rescues that are trying to save dogs from kill shelters, you could save some lives. Plus, while volunteering, you can learn more about the dogs that need homes the most and share their information with others in hopes to get them adopted faster.

Spread the Word

Sometimes, all we can do is spread the word, but it can help so much more than you’d think! Share these horrible kill shelter statistics with others and help them see why adoption is so important. Sometimes, humans just need to be educated about what’s the right thing to do, so please help them to see how many dogs need their help. There is no reason for so many dogs to die each year.

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