Animal Homelessness: A Problem to Be Solved

Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

Every year in the United States, over 7 million companion animals - mostly cats and dogs - are admitted to animal shelters. Estimates for the number of stray animals living within the United States are counted in the tens of millions. These astounding numbers underscore the severity of our country's epidemic of animal homelessness, as shelters and other institutions struggle to deal with the number of animals which are forced to go without care. The tragic result is that millions of animals in the United States each year are ultimately euthanized; there simply aren't enough institutions to be able to raise the money and provide the necessary care for every animal which finds itself in a shelter.

The issue of widespread animal homelessness can lead to a number of serious problems not only for the animals - animals often without access to adequate medical care or even rudimentary housing - but also for human society as well. Homeless animals can become vectors for disease, while poor socialization can make them skittish or even hostile to other animals, and to humans. The great numbers of animals that find themselves without homes results from several different issues, including a lack of responsibility on behalf of owners....

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