Monday 21 May 2012

Stop Drinking Starbucks Frappuccino and Save a Cat

You won't though will you? I guess Starbucks is pretty addictive. Apparently it cost $124.56 USD per year in America if you drink two Frappuccino's per month. On average it costs about the same to spay/neuter, vaccinate and feed a shelter cat per year. Just think of the effect it would have on shelter cats in America. Sure, Starbucks would moan! But who cares...

Only 15% of Americans adopt shelter animals. I guess that is why 4 million out of a total population of 7 million shelter animals are euthanised yearly. If every American adopted a companion animal from a shelter they would save collectively about $2.4 billion and countless cat and dog lives. Maybe there should be a law for one year that everyone has to adopt from a shelter! Go on, think out of the box.

There are 8,800 American breeders of companion animals. There are 70 people inspecting the breeders. I think the cat and dog associations should self regulate and inspect their members. They should know best and it would improve the image of the associations and breeding in general.

How many cats did Mark Twain keep? Not sure but I read 11. Would that make him a hoarder? No, and he loved, respected and appreciated the domestic cat. He made some very quotable sayings about cats.

Americans spend about $50 billion annually on their pets. That is more that on video games, digital music and movies combined. Americans love their companion animals. But more needs to be done to help the animals that are on the fringes or cast out of this enormous financial market.

Source for data: Associated: Pet Care Costs.

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