The pet industry in Japan is booming, but there’s one area where the country lags behind much of the developed world: adoption rates. Unfortunately, the culture seems to privilege puppies over shelter dogs. Because adoptions are low, euthanisia rates are soaring; more than 50,000 dogs were put down in 2010 along.
The Wow Wow Circus hopes to change all that by bringing talented dogs to schools to both entertain the children and to teach them about responsible animal ownership:
“We need a system (for adopting abandoned dogs),” Kayo Takeda, a dog trainer, told Reuters. “The sales at pet shops are very high, but overseas the choice to adopt a dog is much more prevalent. I’d like to hope that Japan will move forward in that direction.”