I went to my local shelter yesterday searching for my mom's dog that went missing(we think someone took him...why do people do that?!!!) and I was overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of unwanted pets!! I'm guessing that a good 80-90% of them were someone's pet at one time and were now just not wanted anymore. How sad our pet overpopulation problem is!!! And, even worse, the owner turn in room and some of the feeble excuses people give to justify sending their animals to the shelter. I know some of them are legitimate and it's better than just turning them loose on the streets, but still...I'm just heartbroken and so sad. I want to help this situation but don't quite know how to. I can't adopt anymore animals as I'm already up to four dogs, three cats and 4 chickens. I could foster even though my DH will probably have a fit. I donate. I don't have time to volunteer right now(in school, work, have two little kids), but I still want to do something, anything! I'm in school to be a vet tech and actually considered possibly working at the shelter and as painful as I think it may be, being forced to face the problem everyday will make me do more than I'd normally in my now sheltered(no pun intended) existence. I suppose I can adopt another dog , but it still leaves the rest in there and that would make me feel guilty. Anyone out there have any ideas on what I(we) can do to help with the pet overpopulation problem? Incidently, here in Vegas, a large % of the unwanted dogs are pit bulls and many bear the scars of past fights. The dog fighting scourge is NOT preserving the breed as some purport, it is causing the untold suffering of dogs involved in the "sport"(if you can call it that...what sportsmanship is there in putting innocent and unwilling participants to the death???) and for those that get caught up in the "my-dog-is tougher-than-your-dog-and-thus-I'm-tougher-than-you" mentality, who have no idea what it is to raise a dominant breed like the pit. And, ultimately it is the dog that suffers... Sorry, I can stand on my soap box all day about the pet overpopulation problem!!! I haven't found my mom's dog and I've been downright depressed since yesterday!!! Thanks for listening to my vent..