Ten thousand pets are abandoned every year. To help lower those statistics and provide help to pets in need, organizations like, 4 paws pet adoptions in Rexburg are doing their part with one pet at a time.
Meet Luigi, he is Persian cat that was left on the door step in a card board box at Four Paws Pet Adoptions on May 13.
"It just looked like a bunch of fur. I couldn't tell what it was. It was not a very good picture because you just couldn't tell; it was just looking down into the box and all you could see was mats of fur," said Jodi Johnson, the President of Four Paws Pet Adoption.
He didn't always look this healthy though; compare him to one week ago when he looked like this. The veterinarian said he had a temperature of 105 and he weighed 16 pounds, but when they were done shaving him he weighed a little less than 14 pounds. That means Luigi had about two pounds of matted fur.
"He was very frightened and he need to be somewhere quiter. To take him over to the adoption center where we have 90 cats there, it makes it harder on him. It's a little more stressful and when they are already fighting a respitory infection and then you take them into a more stressful environment then it drops their immune system," added Johnson.
Four Paws Pet Adoptions is an organization that has a mission to spay and neuter homeless animals and find them all a loving home. The business runs off of donations and fundraising events and they say they are always in need of some help, currently they are looking for morning volunteers.
"It's such a rewarding experience and this kind of work will change your life," said Johnson.
Johnson says this kind of thing happens more often than not, and if you need help with your pet she advises to come talk to them. They can help provide you with food or tools that you might need to keep your pet healthy and happy.
"We would like to help solve their problems so that they can keep their pet, it would be what is best for the animal," added Johnson.
Luigi is doing very well now and has gotten a checkup, a haircut and bath, and is enjoying his new home.
If you want to donate to help with Luigi's vet bill or volunteer you can go online to www.fourpawspetadoptions.org