Day 8: Happy National Puppy Day & Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop

Soooo… I skipped a day. Do I feel bad about it? No. Did Kate give me shit about it? Yes. Do I feel bad about it now? Let me think … annnnnnd it’s still a no. Please read previous posts about lack of motivation and too much work and I think you’ll agree that it was OK to skip a day. I thought about writing so maybe that counts?

Plus we went to a show last night and don’t get out much didn’t get home till late (for 31 year old standards) and I just couldn’t bring myself to write yet another (un)motivated [insert day here] post for you to read.

So here we are. And thank you all (mom and a few others) for the ideas for topics to post about, I will definitely incorporate them into future posts.

Seeing as it is National Puppy Day I thought I would incorporate this holiday day into my post. As a professional animal hoarder lover I am happy to celebrate and shout out all things animals. If it was up to me I would have over 100 animals but I would also be single so compromises must be made. With that said, we have three lovely assholes all of who were adopted from either a shelter or rescue organization.

Growing up I loved animals. I grew up with a large assortment of furry friends: dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and even chickens. We got the dogs and one of our cats from breeders. When I was growing up I didn’t know where they came from I just knew they were squishy and cuddly and loved to be smothered to the point of suffocation. Well maybe not the last part but you get it. As I grew up and came to a point where I was going to get my own animal I toyed with going to a breeder to get that “perfect” breed of dog. As I read more and more about the amount of animals in shelters and the amount of them that are euthanized each year I quickly realized I could not bring myself to purchase a dog from anywhere other than an animal shelter as so many dogs each year are killed simply because of overpopulation. (Cue Sara McLaughlin’s ASPCA commercial).

Fun facts about shelters:

  1. Approximately 8-12 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.
  2. Approximately 5-9 million of those animals are euthanized.
  3. Looking for a pure bred dog? Approximately 25% of ALL dogs surrendered to shelters are pure bred.

Fun facts about puppy mills:

  1. There are an estimated 15,000 puppy mills in the U.S. alone.
  2. Nearly 100 percent of the dogs sold in pet stores and directly to consumers online and through newspaper ads are puppy mill dogs.
  3. Why are puppy mills bad? The owners of puppy mills solely want to profit off the animals they sell. With that in mind, the health and welfare of the animals is not a priority as dogs can spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or exercise.
  4. Female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters. When, after a few years, they are physically depleted to the point that they no longer can reproduce, breeding females are often killed.
  5. Diseases run rampant and more than likely the animal you are purchasing was exposed to this disease.

Also it is a known fact that pure bred dogs have more health problems than mutts due to inbreeding.

I could go on and on and get even more detailed in the facts surrounding shelters and puppy mills but I will let you do your own research should you choose to do so. I will also avoid putting pictures of puppy mills into this post so that you can keep down your dinner. However, a simple Google search on “puppy mill pictures” will bring that dinner right back up.

All I know is that there are so many animals who need homes. There are so many animals who deserve homes. There are so many animals who love everything and who just want to be loved.

No, not all animal shelter dogs have behavioral issues. No, not all animal shelter dogs are aggressive. However many people believe that is the case and are then convinced to look elsewhere. No, not all animal shelter dogs are pit bulls. But pit bulls are adorable and there are plenty of them there and you should adopt them. Pit bulls are in fact the number one dog breed that is euthanized every year. The second most euthanized? Chihuahuas. It’s not because pit bulls and chihuahuas are deplorables so they end up at the shelter, it’s because a breed will get popular (oh I can put a chihuahua in my purse like Paris Hilton) and the over breeding of that dog follows.

Now I cannot attest for reputable breeders as I am sure they treat their animals right and should you want a dog from a breeder just make sure you do your research. I would just encourage you to go to a shelter first because chances are you will find so many adoptable dogs that you will fall in love with, who will love you unconditionally and who would love a warm home. There are also pure bred dog rescues for literally every breed so, should you want a pure bred, performing a Google search for the breed + rescue will lay out many rescues dedicated to specific breeds. We got Gunner from an organization called Labs & Friends. He was supposed to be a foster but you see how well that worked out.

I’m not going to hunt you down and condemn you for not going to the shelter. I just hope that in conveying the above information you will be more aware of the problem that plagues animal shelters and puppy mills. I just hope that in laying out the stats you will want to do a bit more research and maybe find ways in which you can help even if it’s not adopting the animals. I hope that this, if even for one person, will make them more inclined to adopt.

For more information and ways you can help, find local shelters around you (on the internet all you have to do is type in “shelters” and local results should populate the results) and see how you can donate your time and/or money.

Here are some other resources:

Now some pictures of our motley crew.

stella1

ringo

gunner3

animals

gunner and ringo

stellaa

animals1

gunner4

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Day 8: Happy National Puppy Day & Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop

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