Former superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District, Dr. Laurie Kimbrel is now the head of Brookhaven Innovation Academy in Norcross, Georgia. Outside of her professional life, Dr. Laurie Kimbrel is an active proponent of animal rescue.
There are approximately 2.7 million shelter animals in the United States. Not coincidentally, that’s also about the number of animals that are euthanized on an annual basis. The amount of companion animals living in shelters drastically outnumbers adoption rates. So by choosing to rescue an animal rather than purchasing one from a breeder, you are saving a life.
Animal shelters are full of pets that are healthy and waiting for good homes. Most of the dogs that end up there haven’t been abandoned because they are distempered, but because of situations like divorce, relocation, or financial problems. The overwhelming majority of rescue dogs are loving, well-behaved animals.
Adoption fees for shelter dogs typically include the cost of spaying and neutering, as well as vaccinations. Thus, in addition to saving a life, you’re receiving valuable services for your pet at a reduced cost.