According to the SPCA of Central Florida, about 39,000 homeless animals are impounded at local shelters each year, and in that area alone about 25% of the dogs and cats are never adopted. That is simply not okay!
In an effort to change this, SeaWorld has teamed up with the SPCA of Central Florida and Orange County Animal Services to launch “SeaWorld’s Happy Tails,” a new program that offers free admission to the park when you adopt an animal from a shelter.
Julie Scardina, SeaWorld’s National Animal Ambassador, told Central Florida News, “SeaWorld is going to be, basically, thanking people for adopting. If we can get people to think twice about buying or breeding and instead come here and get one of these little guys that actually are already looking for a good home, then that’s a great thing to be able to do.”
Granted, not just us but celebs like Tommy Lee, Eli Roth and Hayden Panettiere straight up don’t like the place. And when PETA got wind of this recent development, they called SeaWorld a “prison” for animals. I guess being confined to a small tank and being told what to do at specific hours of the day (i.e. their performance shows) would feel very prison-esque, no?
The overcrowding of animal shelters is a problem, and we would like for nothing more than to see the dogs and cats of the world find loving homes… But this is a tough one.
What do you all think about this?
Check out a promo video for “SeaWorld’s Happy Tails” below.