Don’t Breed Or Buy While Shelter Dogs Die, and Other Opinions of Mine

So you’ve decided you want a dog, but you want a puppy and you want a golden retriever. So you go to a breeder. Did you know that you can still get your golden retriever puppy and save a dog’s life? So you’ve decided you want a dog but you don’t want to get a pound puppy because you’ve heard they are unpredictable.

Did you know that many of the dogs in shelters are relinquished from their owners due to divorce, death and financial hardships? Very few of the dogs at shelters are ‘unpredictable’ in fact, most shelters perform what is called aggression training wherein they test the behavior of the dog in different situations such as food aggression, around small children, around cats, and around foreign objects and foreign sounds.

Did you know that for every dog purchased from a breeder, a dog in a shelter is euthanized? Did you know that the average breeder forces their female dog to produce litter after litter after litter until her body nearly falls apart? Did you know that 9 out of 10 breeders are actually puppy mills whose main goal is to make money off poor, helpless victims? Dogs that live in a breeding puppy mill live their entire life in cages stacked on top of each other. Oftentimes the dogs’ feet become crippled or infected because they’re walking on wire cages full of feces and urine for sometimes 12-16 years?

The two most important things you can do to help decrease pet overpopulation is to a) spay or neuter your pet and b) adopt from a local shelter.

Spaying your female or neutering your male dog, does not change their personality, it does not hurt them or affect them in anyway. Actually, spaying or neutering your pet will greatly decrease their chances of mammary gland tumors, and prostate tumors. For every person who says they just want their dog to have one litter because they just want one puppy – there are 10-12 dogs euthanized in a local shelter. Adopt from your local shelter; you can find the size, breed and age you are looking for. Don’t breed or buy while pets in the shelter die – spay or neuter your pet.

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