Phil Wasserman

The Struggle to Find Forever Homes for America’s Homeless Dogs

Each year, an estimated 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed because shelters are too full, and no one is there to adopt them. For every ten dogs born, only one will find a permanent home. Imagine if that were humans!

Two main reasons cause this plight: either the owner gave up on the dog or animal control finds them roaming the streets. That leads to almost 4 million dogs entering shelters each year. This number continues to be so high because only about 10% of animals brought into the shelters are spayed or neutered. That just makes the cycle of overpopulation and under housing a full-fledged epidemic. With an average of 1.4 million dogs adopted per year, only a small percentage of canines even get a chance at living the life they deserve.

What makes this all more troubling is that these shelters lack oversight from a regulatory body. You may see “humane society” or “SPCA” attached to the title, but that is just a generic title. In truth, no regulation or governing body keeps tabs on national statistics for animal protection. Figures vary just as much as safety and conditions within a shelter.

In its widely sad and under cared for current state, pet adoption is vital to preserving these animals’ lives. That’s why we began Snowflake’s Dog Rescue. No animal, dog or other, deserves a sad existence like that so many experience inside a confined shelter. Each animal deserves a home, a field or whatever makes them feel happy and safe with a family that truly cares for them.



Recently, Snowflake’s Dog Rescue profiled Ginger, a beautiful, affectionate 2-year-old. A stray on the streets of Bradenton, Ginger needed a forever home, but efforts had been exhausted. No one stepped for even though Ginger has her shots and is spayed. All she wants to do is run and play with children and other dogs.

Phillip Wasserman dog rescue


Like Ginger, we also tried to get Monty a home. Monty’s situation is a different kind of sad as the 14-year old Shih Tzu’s owner passed away. The owner’s family wanted Monty put down but the vet refused. Even with exceptional health, being neutered and having all his shots, it’s been tough to find the older canine a new home in the Sarasota area.

That’s why we work hard to find these animals home. They deserve a quality of life like any human. We helped bring these animals into the world. Now it’s our duty to step up whenever we can. If you’d like to get involved, or learn more about adoption in your area, contact us anytime at (727) 215-3489.

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