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Pet Overpopulation: It's All About the Math

June 24th 2006 5:26 pm
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Are you part of the solution or adding to the problem?
PET OVERPOPULATION: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MATH

Last year, 2.7 million dogs were eauthanized because there are more dogs in the world than there are people to give them homes. This figure should not be acceptable to any member of the human race. Please make sure that your actions are not inadvertently adding to the number of homeless pets. These animals are destined to be killed simply because there is no where for them to go. Act responsibly.

1.) SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS:
Understand that any offspring from your dog will fall into one of two catagories; 1.) They, themselves, will eventually be euthanized or 2.) They will be taking a home away from another dog who will be killed due to the pre-existing (and growing) number of homeless pets. It’s all about the math -- and last year alone, that total added up to 2.7 million unfortunate dogs being euthanized.

2.) CHOOSE ADOPTION:
Every dog that is adopted opens a vacancy in a shelter or rescue group for another animal to come in and be saved. The adoption of one dog actually helps to save two lives. Dogs wind up homeless through no fault of their own. Somewhere along the way, it was a human who let them down. Will you be the human to step in, save them and let them know they count? Can you keep them temporarily or financially support them until they find their forever home?

3.) JUST SAY NO TO PET STORE PUPS:
Buying a dog from a pet store encourages the breeding of more puppies coming into a world already overcrowded with homeless pets. Very likely, your dollars are going to financially support the continued abuse and neglect of the dogs used as breeding stock. These breeder dogs are sentenced to a miserable exsistance (churning out countless liters of pups for human profit) in one of the many deplorable puppy mills scattered across this nation. Do you really want your hard earned dollars lining the pockets of people who make their living by breeding future unwanted pets? Are you willing to be the financial backer for the ongoing neglect and abuse of these breeder dogs terminally stuck in puppy mill hell? Do not buy dogs from pet stores. Period.

4.) DON’T SUPPORT BACK YARD BREEDERS:
The same is true of family breeders. While the conditions of a home environment are plush compared to that of a puppy mill -- family, home or back yard breeders are also contributing to the pet overpopulation problem in a similar way. Again, just based on math alone, these pups will fall into one of the two categories listed above. Why? Because there are more dogs than there are people to give them homes.

3.) LET YOUR MONEY DO THE TALKING:
Do not support businesses who profit from the sale of puppies and kittens. Most of the major pet store chains no longer sell dogs and cats. Instead, they invite rescue groups into their stores to assist the plight of homeless pets. This type of responsible action deserves to be rewarded and these are the businessses that deserve our financial support. Any money spent with a business who chooses to sell puppies and kittens is money going to help perpetuate the existence of puppy mills and backyard breeders -- and consequently, the inevitable euthanization of future pets.

4.) DON'T BE A FAIR-WEATHER FAMILY:
Understand that getting a pet is a lifelong commitment and it is your resposibility to provide them with humane care for their ENTIRE life. Not just as long as they amuse you or your circumstances allow it. Not just as long as they are well-behaved or their health is good and vet costs low. Every dog that is euthanized or lands in a shelter is there because some human didn’t act responsibly. They didn't make a lifelong commitment to their pet. Any dog you put back into the system is taking a home away from another animal.

5.) SUPPORT SHELTERS & RESCUE GROUPS:
These groups are usually not-for-profit, volunteer-run, organizations and they are overwhelmed by the sheer number of pets in need of help. Their resources are limited. Please help them help these dogs who have fallen on hard times at the hand of man. You can foster a dog in your home until they are able to be adopted. You can donate your time, talents or services to the cause. You can help defray operational costs by donating money, pet supplies, cleaning supplies or office supplies. Call a group in your area and ask them for a copy of their wish list. They can provide you a list of the things they need and let you know how you can be of greatest assistance. Please, please do something.

6.) SPEAK UP AND EDUCATE OTHERS:
Share your thoughts on breeding facilities, animal neglect and abuse and the insufficient penalties for offenders with your elected public officials. After all, they work for you. And be vocal with your family, coworkers and friends about the items mentioned above. Often times, people are not acting out of cruelty, rather ignorance. Plant a seed and change the way the people in your life view pets and pet ownership. It's all about the math. Be a part of the solution.

Little Jesse -- The Land of the Misfit Dogs

 
 

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