Posted by: celticanglican | July 14, 2018

Oh, Yeah, my Dog’s/Cat’s Babies WILL Find Homes – Yeah, Right!

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Thanks to Cassie’s Place for the meme and the okay to use it

The figure in this meme isn’t some gross exaggeration, folks – it’s reality. There are enough homeless animals in the US alone that every family of four would need to have 28 animals under their care, seven for every four.

If you think that figure is outrageous, it is. What’s even more outrageous is that we, the people, have it in our power to fix this mess – yet, it’s seems like there’s always a litany of excuses.

The worst of these excuses surround irresponsible breeders. Here are just a few of them, and my responses:

She’d give birth to (or he’d father) such pretty puppies/kittens – Well, I’m sorry to say, but thousands of pretty dogs and cats, including some that probably look a lot like yours, end up getting lethal injections or getting gassed at high-kill municipal pounds, then sent to a landfill or incinerated like trash. Let that sink in for awhile.

I’m just going to let her have one litter, then spay her, Daddy said it’s better that way – There’s no evidence to support the idea of a dog or cat having to have one litter before a spay. That’s simply an old wives’ tale, and it needs to be put to rest.

Neutered dogs don’t herd, hunt or guard very well – Um, and they’re also less likely to end up brawling with every other male in the neighborhood or becoming coyote chow. Would you rather your dog does what he was bred to do, or is obsessed with chasing after every female in season in the county?

I just spay my females so I don’t have to listen to howling/yowling when they’re in heat – That’s nice, but what about spaying for some reason other than not having your sleep or peace of mind disrupted? Like, maybe overall health and better family behavior?

I’m careful who I sell or give puppies/kittens to, they won’t get dumped – Even rescues can make mistakes in vetting prospective adopters, so there’s no guarantee that everyone will provide a forever home. Also, bringing puppies or kittens into the world that aren’t part of a responsible breeding program takes away resources, including space in prospective homes, for homeless animals already out there.

Please, people, be responsible. The next time you think allowing your pet to breed might be a good idea, think of the reasons why it might NOT be.

 

 

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