April 16th 2010 8:06 pm
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The current Dogster poll has got our collective backhair up!
The question: If you could add another pet to the family, what would it be?
The first two answers:
- A wonderful rescue pup.
- A beautifully-bred dog.
Our question: Why not both?
Over 25% of dogs in shelters on any given day are pure bred dogs. Pure. Bred. Dogs. Or, as the poll so cleverly words it "beautifully-bred dog(s)". So how about SAVING a life and adopting your next "beautifully-bred" dog?
If you are leery of shelter dogs (and, as shelter dogs, we ask Why???????) you can contact any of the hundreds of reputable "beautifully-bred" Rescues across the United States. For info on breed specific rescues, go to www.akc.org, and click on Breed Info, select the breed you are interested in and then click on Breed Rescue for lists of breed-specific rescues by state.
So, again, we ask, why not both?
Why not adopt a "Wonderful, Beautifully-bred Rescue pup" and save a life?
Until there's NONE, rescue ONE!
March 12th 2010 10:09 pm
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Or can you suck it up, deal with it, and read the very important expose of the TRUTH posted by our friends, The Roo Crew.
It's titled "The Ugly Truth From the Eyes of a Shelter Worker".
How many of us will see that title and pass over it quickly, because we know, we know, we know, but we just don't want to deal with it today.
Cowards. It IS the ugly truth--an ugly truth that every single person who has ever purchased a dog from a pet store instead of adopting contributes to. An ugly truth that I contributed to over 35 years ago when I relinquished my sweet black dog Annie to a local shelter when we moved from my in-laws into our first flat. G*d forgive me in my ignorance. Annie, please forgive me...
"So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs."
"The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”."
"Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door...and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose."
"If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ’sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are."
"If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed."
The entire diary entry is very gut-wrenching. But, WE OWE IT TO THE 4 MILLION SHELTER DOGS KILLED EVERY YEAR TO READ THIS ENTIRE ENTRY. We who love dogs, we who cherish dogs, we need to remember those 4 million and do whatever we can to reduce that number. We need to keep this in EVERYONE's face. Only then do they have half a chance... I've learned the truth. I adopt. From shelters. Never again will I contribute to the killing.
Read it. Copy it. Post it. Get it out there. Keep it out there. Give them a chance.
December 31st 2009 4:04 pm
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Did you know that Black Dogs are generally the last to be adopted and are euthanised in shelters in much larger numbers? People may consider them too “plain”, think they are menacing, or simply don’t notice them because their dark color makes them disappear in their kennels. Those involved in animal welfare have dubbed this phenomena "Black Dog Syndrome." According to Wikipedia, Black Dog Syndrome is defined as “the low adoption and high euthanasia rate of black dogs in shelters. Black dogs are often the last to be adopted from shelters.”
MSNBC recently featured an online article that said just that. If you are involved in animal welfare this is not news to you. What IS news is that large media outlets like MSNBC and USA Today as well as publications like BARK Magazine and TIME are featuring articles on the subject. Websites such as Black Pearl Dogs also offer wonderful resources.
The public is typically unaware that black dogs face such terrible odds at shelters, and are shocked that these wonderful dogs are euthanised in such high numbers. To find out what you can do to help, visit www.blackpearldogs.com or www.startseeingblackdogs.com. Better yet, visit your local shelter and adopt a Black Pearl dog today!