Well, spring is rapidly approaching which means that many people will be gearing up and getting ready to breed their horses. I used to love seeing all the new foals frolicking in the fields this time of year but not anymore.
Due to the harsh economic times that the US is currently enduring, the animal shelters and horse rescue organizations are literately overrun with unwanted horses. Some of these animals are unfit for use but many of them are perfectly healthy horses that just happened to belong to owners who could no longer afford to feed them.
This time of year, hay is often in very short supply which tends to drive the price up considerably. This is really unfortunate for a lot of poor horses whose owners simply can’t afford to feed them when this happens.
I don’t want to get too high up on my soap box but I would like to encourage people who might be looking to add a new horse to their family to consider adopting one from a shelter or horse sanctuary. Don’t be misled into thinking that the only horses that end up in the shelter are broken down old nags that have no life left in them. There are often very healthy horses with great temperaments that end up in a bad situation due to unfortunate financial circumstances that their owners have fallen upon.
You’d be surprised how inexpensive the adoption fees are as well. As a matter of fact, with a little bit of effort, you can probably find animals that need homes and there won’t be any adoption fee at all. The struggling owners will often gladly give you their horses as they are no longer able to financially care for them.
With so many healthy horses ending up being dumped in animal shelters and horse sanctuaries, the demand for people who are willing to rescue pets is higher than ever before. I’ve been talking about horses so far in this article, but the same holds true for dogs and cats as well. When people find themselves struggling to make ends meet, oftentimes there just isn’t any money in the budget for pet food. This often leads to very good dogs and cats being dropped off at the animal shelter and we all know what happens to animals that don’t get adopted.
If more people would consider adopting horses, cats, and dogs, fewer people would feel the need to breed their animals time and time again, year after year. This is especially important because so many animals are desperately in need of finding a home.
You can do your part to help by adopting an animal from a shelter instead of purchasing a young horse, a puppy, or a kitten the next time you are in the market for a new animal.