Better yet, volunteer at a shelter in the admitting area where dogs and cats are relinquished by their irresponsible owners. After the owner leaves the dog gets walked into the euthanasia room because it was pregnant or has a minor skin problem. Its heartbreaking and one must need a wall of steel to handle the amount of perfectly healthy dogs that are PTS each day. When I volunteered Fridays and Mondays seem to be the busiest days..
you're welcome Majorlover . i cried through it . especially the pic with the dog on the table and the guy sitting below him with his head on his knees. i could feel his anguish. so many sad faces in that video. loving pets just wanting to go home with somebody.....and not enough somebodies to take them home.
okay. i read that scout. now i am a basket case. that was beyond heartbreaking. i dont see how anyone could raise a dog to end up dumping it off at a shelter. dont people get attached ? i was attached to all mine from the moment i laid eyes on them. i just dont understand people.
I am really not the type of person who crys easily over things.... but after watching that video thing and reading that other thing (the 2 links) I lost it...........
I have volunteered at a local SPCA in rural VA. I don't think any of those animals will ever be adoptable.... some of them have been there for their whole lives.... It is so sad. They live outside all the time. They will never understand what it is like to live in a home. It is so heartbreaking. Some of them have probably never been brushed. The workers and volunteers are doing the best they can but..... It is so sad....I would volunteer more if I could.... I almost left with this small soooo beautiful rottie mother she recently gave birth. All the puppies got homes but she was left behind at the shelter :-(
I personally have tried "shelter dogs" before purchasing my dogs from breeders.
The first husky that I got howled and barked and barked and barked....it never stopped. All day, all night. We tried everything. Bark collar, muzzle...She was even sleeping in our room when she was barking. (well not asleep i guess.)
The second Husky that we got from the shelter had mange so bad when we adopted her, i was suprized they let us take her home. ( I felt bad for her) Needless to say my vet had to put her down. It was basically irreversible.
The third, he chewed his way out of our house in one night! CHEWED through our door. It was rediculus!
After that, I said enough is enough. I am going to get my own pups and train them the way I want them to be trained, and they will learn things as they go. No more of this adult dog that don't listen, has issues, whatever, you name it.
The Petfinder link was heartbreaking. Now my nose is all runny, thanks...
I agree very much with the OP. Sad thing is, so many of the people who are BYBs would keep doing what they do because "the ones I am breeding are different." Nobody ever thinks they are a BYB, even when they have darn near every sign of being one.
I will never BUY a dog or cat. Or breed one. Some people have legitimate reasons for doing so, especially if they favor a more rare breed, but for my own purposes, I couldn't and won't do it.
I love shelter dogs lol. Soon as I turned 18 I drove down to the local shelter I had once worked at and I spent all day looking for the perfect dog. I settled on a long haired Jack Russell named Digger. We had him for about 3 months and a pit got into our yard somehow and killed Digger. About 6 months later I adopted Peyton, who was a sharpei mix. He was really sweet, but I didn't realize the skin problems I was going to have to deal with! While I had Payton the shelter had called and asked us to foster a dog or two since they were extremely over crowded. Instead of just fostering, I adopted linkin, a blue tick hound, he was beautiful. After Payton passed away from old age, he was 9 when I adopted him. We finally purchased our first boxer. Jade was a sweetheart! My dad used to breed boxers when I was growing up, and I thought we would get back into it. Then we bought Diesel. Him and Jade were perfect for eachother, but before I could even begin to start the long process of making sure he was just right to breed I had to make the decision to have him altered! Once his old owner sent me his pedigree I realized both his parents were white! We decided he'd be a better pet. We only had one litter of pups from Jade, the breeder I purchased her from offered a stud to us. I have to say it was a great experience, but breeding is not for me, I never realized how much hard work there was involved lol I was 15 when my dad was breeding dogs.
i cry every time i have to go in a shelter and know i can only take 1 animal home i cried my way home from gettin dollar b/c they were so overcrowded if people would plaese just spay/neuter it would be so much better in the world i will never buy an animal ever
dusty...that video was amazing...thanks for sharing.
Over 95% of dogs in shelters are put to sleep. it's even worse for cats. People are so irresponsible...I mean, how hard is it to spay or neuter your pets????
I bought my Lab puppy, Coda, from an animal shelter that has a reputation for putting a lot of animals to sleep. Adopting Coda saved his life. He was due to be put down in two days.
Dogs bought from an animal shelter seem more grateful. They can be better dogs. Lot's of people think that the only reason that dogs are at an animal shelter is because they have a behaviour or mental problem. But that is wrong.
A common story is that people say they didn't castrate their pets because they wanted their pet to have puppies. Or kittens, I guess. But they don't understand that animals come into season, and that it can be hard to keep an animal from mating if you don't want it to. Animal owners aren't educated enough.
People are so irresponsible. What is the world coming to?
The videos were terrible. There were beautiful dogs in those cans! I saw 15 I would have adopted! I worked at a no-kill shelter, the only animals that were put down, were either agressive or had a terminal illness. I cried watching them be put down, but to have to watch a perfectly good healthy animal be put down would kill me. I always swore if I ever won the lottery first I'd buy a 200 acre farm, and then I would adopt as many damn dogs and cats as I could, and work to find them forever homes, even if it took forever.
That was soo sad... I am just starting to get over the crying.
I will admit that I am guilty of buying a purebred & I know that I don't have to justify, but Beau was my dream dog. When I have a larger yard though, I plan on adopting & possibly fostering.
On the other hand, I am a strong advocate for spaying/neutering. I couldn't begin to tell you how many times my kids would say that they wished that our animals could have babies, that they would be soo cute, but I tell them my reason's for getting the animals fixed. I certainly hope they understand, but I know that my 2 oldest children are going to get the chance to watch the links that were posted on this thread (they are 16 & 18) so that they can see what I am talking about.
And also, I have a neighbor that has a sheltie (I believe) puppy & I was letting Beau play with her dog Oreo (he's soooo cute) & I mentioned that Beau was going to get fixed soon & she mentioned that her brother said that she could make a lot of money studding her dog out. I couldn't believe it. I think sometime when I see her outside again, I am going to bring her in here to see this thread also... maybe she'll change her mind & inform her brother.
God bless to all those that do what I can't at this time for doggies in need.