Adopt Don't Shop
We’ve all heard it a million times, your friend is thinking about getting a new puppy. They know the exact breed they want, and have been looking online and in local puppy stores. I get it, I am a dog lover, puppies are the cutest and it’s understandable wanting to own a dog from birth to old age, however, the sad reality of this is that most people are unaware of just where these puppies are coming from and the conditions they are actually living in prior to making their way into the pet store.
Most of these dogs are coming from a factory style breeding facility that is much more revolved around making a profit than the welfare of the dog. To start, the mothers are usually bred over and over for years with little love or human contact, usually confined to a cage, then when they are too old to breed any longer are either killed or sent to a shelter. Living their entire life basically used to make puppies that will be sold in stores.
Along with this, the mothers and the puppies are usually not receiving good medical care, often sick, living in poor conditions. The ASPCA sees this everyday when they raid puppy mills and rescue these abused animals that are living in filth, with dirty water, and overcrowded, confined crates and hardly any room to move.
Approximately every year 7.6 million companion animals enter the shelters nationwide. Approximately 3.9 are dogs, and 3.4 are cats. Of this astounding number of pets that enter the shelter each year approximately 2.7 million are euthanized. That is a large number of innocent animals that are being killed due to usually no fault of their own, most likely from irresponsible owners. Many of which were probably bought from a pet store and when the reality of what it takes to raise a puppy or kitten sets in, are turned over to the shelter.
Of the millions of dogs and cats that do enter the shelter approximately:
- 35% are adopted
- 30% are euthanized
- 26% strays are returned to owners (dogs) 5% cats
On average if you combined LA county shelters, almost 200 dogs are euthanized every day.
The other issue that arises with buying a new puppy is that many owners fail to spay or neuter, usually due to costs or the idea of maybe breeding one day. And this reason alone plays one of the biggest reasons why there is such a huge pet overpopulation problem in the US today. Did you know that in 6 years one unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in her lifetime? This is why it is so important to get your pets spayed and neutered.
With all of these statistics it’s important to really consider adopting. There are so many pets in need who deserve a full, loving life. The more people who choose to adopt not shop, will only continue to lower the number of animals who are euthanized and robbed of the chance to live a happy life as a true companion.
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