Mabey they should make a mutt kennel club(MKCA) of America, so that more dogs would be adopted from pounds, but if they do, they should make a "MKCA" rule to not breed your mutts, and if you do, you would be disqualified! Think about it, if you wanted to show your mutts, you would have to follow that rule, and more dogs would be adopted from pounds, and less would arrive there! What a difference that would make! And mabey they could do a kitty one, too! What do you all think?
This would be how they group the mutts: They would show terrier mixies in one class, working mixes in one class, herding dog mixies in one class, and so on and so forth. And they would judge it's conformation and how much the judge likes it, and it's friendliness!
I think it's a cool idea, but I don't think it'd help people adopt more mutts out of the pound. Instead, I think that if all petstores gave up on selling dogs and just did like Petsmart and Petco do, which is work with the local humane society to try and adopt pets out, there'd be a lot fewer puppy mills and a lot more dogs with permanent homes.
Allthough i like your idea Chili Peper i dont think it would work. The same way it would be nice to think that you can regulate pet stores and breeders to stop, or even cut back on breeding and selling puppies. I 'll go one step further to even maybe try and get them to screen the people they are selling to, and make sure they meet certain qualifications. Its a joke to hear people say that there buying someone a pet as a gift. I would be willing to bet that more than 50% of those gifts end up stray,in a pound or shelter, or even worse.
Perhaps they should base the competitions for mutts on things like body shape, muscle tone, over all beauty, gait, health, for example. And to qualify, they have to be altered. I think if you did some planning on that, Hey, I would be interested. I am very concerned on the body condition of my dogs. It may at least get some people to pay more attention to the over all health of their dogs. I do think at least here they have a DSH cat show, for house pets. But I don't think one for dogs. People may have more respect for mixed breed dogs.
Petco and Petsmart still sell birds and reptiles. This is still a problem. so do not pat them on the back. I think if more people understood mixed breeds ( I hate mutt) as being loveable sources of joy, instead of always saying they come from BYB. The hill billy town I am in requires spay and neutering to get a license, but I am sure countless dogs do not have them on farms. When they get with other dogs it isn't a planned thing. I wouldn't concider the farmer a BYB. People are just ignorant, and do not think about things like puppies or kitties. They get the puppy to guard the house or to be a pet, and think it will be cruel to fix the dog. The dog roams around and ends up knocked up. The new cat goes out to the barn and next is full of kittens. Kittens end up living in the barn scared of humans. This is how it is, and probalby always will be. People are not motivated enough to change it. I just do not think all mutts are the work of some criminal mastermind. People do not have enough pride in themselves to be educated about that stuff (or think about anything beyond getting a case of Budweiser at the end of the day) in rural America. Most of them are dumb as a stump. ella's mom
What's wrong with selling birds and reptiles? Breeding birds and herps is a hell of a lot harder than breeding dogs and cats, it requires some organization and thought on the part of the breeder. With reptiles in particular, breeders have to care for the eggs via incubators as reptiles don't care for their own young. As far as breeding dogs and cats, if you have a female in heat, and an intact male you can have a litter of either. Any idiot can breed those, the same can't be said for birds and reptiles. And if we're going to get on Petsmart and Petco for selling birds and reptiles, why not fish?
Birds, reptiles, rodents and fish also are great alternatives to owning dogs and cats. Some people just can't get beyond their cat/dog dander allergies, and unlike dogs you can't head to a local 'herp' show or 'bird show' a few weekends a month to get in touch with breeders. Herps, birds and fish offer a wonderful opportunity for people who have allergies or severe asthma to own pets that dogs and cats wouldn't.
UGH!!!!! I was a breeder of birdsI If you want to know, there are as many if not more, unwanted birds in the US than there are dogs. Scientific America had done an segment where Allen Alda went to Foster Parrots in the 90s, and interviewed Marc Johnson who runs it. I have been to Foster Parrots. The guy has his entire house as a rescue full of birds that were given up. He gets grants and has volunteers. He has a very strict adoption policy which requires volunteering. FP is just one of the many facilities in this country that house the plucked, bald neurotic rejected bird Petco and Petsmart sold to people without telling them the bird was going to scream it's ass off non stop if it didn't get socialized. Most of the birds in shelters have been slapped around, or put in the garage or basement before someone finally gives it up. Alot of them have liver damage from being fed Kaytee, which is a terrible nutritionally incomplete product of Petsmart, who runs its own birdmills to supply the stores. (or other nutritionally incomplete diets like sunflower seed or bird seed) If you have money you can get a cockatoo and a parakeet cage at the same time and the sales people won't say anything about what you are about to house your new bird in as long as you can pay for the stuff. I do not know about herps, but I am sure there are iguana rescue, and snake rescues, etc. I know their mouse cages at Petco have so many mice in them they eat each other to survive. I saw it the last time I was there, and reported it to the manager who told me"that is what they do." bottom line is, if you sell animals, I do not buy from you. Ella's mom (Kelly from now on)
You guys are smarter than that if you think everyone keeps thier birds. http://www.fosterparrots.com/mission.htm http://www.avianrescuenetwork.org/ http://www.found-pets.org/tara.html http://www.birdrescue.com/aramacaw.htm http://www.neebs.org/ Kelly
I've always thought there should be something like that, but I was thinking more for show. Like, purebreds without papers or mixes. There would be no standards, but the prettiest and best personality could win.
Minniyar, There are bird shows and expos monthly all over the country. Here is one place www.boaf.com With bird shows come diseases. With pet shops selling birds diseases are prevelent , too because they do not test all those budgies for anything, and they share the same air with the macaw in the next cage. If one budgie is sick everyone is, and since birds mask illness you do not know your bird is sick. After paying 1300 for an African Grey ( elevated from around $900 at the local breeder) many people do not go to the vet, and then eventually get another bird or decide to breed. 10 years later that bird that holds a nasty virus dormant in its body is sold to another person in the Want ad as a breeder because it didn't get enough attention. The person buys it and breeds it and never tests either. There are no laws enforced. And the legend continues again and again. Kelly
I never said that there weren't any herps or birds in need of homes. I said that they rarely were at the humane society. I find it extremely hard to believe that there are more unwanted birds than dogs, since dogs are about 6 times more numerous in pet popularity than birds. 36 percent of households own dogs, 32 % own cats, and only 6 percent own birds (that's straight out of the US Statistical Abstract, compliments of hte Census Bureau). Birds are popular in lower income households because they don't require annual vaccinations and booster shots the way dogs and cats will. I even found some shelter statistics, at a shelter where 400 dogs were turned over and 1300 cats were, only 14 birds were. And since I strongly believe that your average person is going to have no clue that a bird rescue even exists, most people are going to turn them over to a shelter, if they don't let them fly away.
so what is the point? Tell that to Marc or the other rescues. All Animals are living creatures. They depend on the humans to provide them with care. When is a dog or a bird more important than an iguana or a cat? Why do people get these things with out doing research? It isn't the animals fault, yet they suffer. Kelly
I'd sure like to know where I said that dogs and cats were more special and important to rescue than birds, iguanas and other animals. I never said that. I said there's a much bigger problem with dogs and cats (especially with cats) because they are far easier for your average idiot to breed than there is with birds and reptiles. Reptiles are sexually active once a year. In captivity they rarely lay more than 10 eggs that will survive to hatch. How many eggs do birds lay on average? 1 to 5 is my bet? And how often do they lay the eggs? And so much more is involved in breeding them, I don't see them being nearly as much of a population control problem as dogs and cats.. despite the fact that neither herps nor birds can be spayed/neutered.