We're back! Sorry for the delay in blogging....but we've been busy...rescuing :-( . The number of dogs in shelters in our area alone needing rescue is staggering - and yet I continue to see Puppies for Sale" and "Looking for Stud" scrolling across my Facebook feed. Just today I received a notification that a backyard breeder dumped their 4 purebred Boxers, one who is pregnant, at the shelter we get the majority of our dogs from. And people wonder why I get so mad when I see puppies for sale.
In the last month alone I have spent almost $1000 out of my own pocket to pull, vet, and try to place our dogs in forever homes. Some may question our nominal ($200) adoption fee - but it costs $200-$300 just to get the dog examined and spayed/neutered. On top of that, we have not pulled one dog yet that is heartworm negative - which means at least another $300 for slow kill, which may scare some adopters off, or $1000 for "fast kill" which, if you ask me is a much scarier thought! Our adoption fee is a fraction of what most people are selling puppies for - and you get a spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and house trained dog! And if you have ever attempted to house train a puppy that alone is worth the $200 adoption fee!
I am going to get off of my soap box now, I have 4 hungry foster dogs that I need to feed......if anything that I have said here resonates with you please don't hesitate to share, donate, transport, volunteer or simply "Like" us on Facebook! Until next time.....
According to the American SPCA, approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters in the United States every year, with approximately 1.2 million dogs being euthanized annually in these shelters for no other reason than lack of space.
I assume that majority of people living in the U.S are unaware of this number, or they wouldn't be buying or breeding animals. But how can they not know? Doesn't everyone see the Sarah MacLachlan "Angel" commercials, that seems to last 5 times as long as any other commercial? Am I the only one that sees this commercial at least once a week?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the extreme pet overpopulation in our country, from the emerging "throwaway" mentality that seems to be unique to these United States, to people genuinely believing that the dogs they breed do not end up in shelters. Ever. Lack of education regarding spaying & neutering, and access to low or no cost services contribute to this high number as well. This series of blog posts will focus on dog rescue - why they exist, why you should choose one for your next pet, and how we can end the need for them to exist.