Loving Animals 101

We’ve all heard the excuses as to why people give their animal up: “My kid’s allergic; my husband’s too busy; my mom has anger issues; my father was never around; my back hurts; my shoes are too tight; my fingers are shaped funny; and I’m thirsty….”

Others go out and buy pets from breeders because their stupid kids won’t shut up. Having been that stupid kid, I don’t blame them. However, when you go into someone’s home or store and buy a cat or dog, you’re not being a good animal-lover! Bad, animal-lover, bad!

Let’s go over the reasons why you are making a mistake. You can add these to the list of reasons you hate yourself.

1- You know those ‘papers’ every breeder brags about? The ones that ensure your dog is purebred and a little racist against other dog breeds? Well, many breeders fake those ‘papers’ That’s right, kids! Your $2,000 and 2 lb. “toy” shih tzu puppy may grow up to be a 150 lb. boar. No idea. You have NO idea.

2- Natural selection, it’s a thing. A very real and necessary thing. Darwin was a smart guy, wouldn’t you agree? He spoke about the weaker traits of animals (i.e. humans, llamas, pterodactyls…) being eradicated through natural section. This means, animals mate with whatever other animal of its species that will provide the healthiest and most beneficial traits. Basically, they don’t breed with their siblings or cousins (which will cause defects) nor do they breed with animals with traits that will harm their kin. This is unlike breeders, who are more than happy to breed a brother and sister because the family that mates together, makes dirty blood money together!

You know those sweet little features that make *your* pet special? Shorter legs, flatter faces, bigger wrinkles, smaller skulls…? These are all traits that dog and cat breeders emphasize because they make for more desirable appearances. However, these traits also harm the animal’s physical and mental well-being. Am I saying that health and happiness of your pet is more important than appearance? Yes, yes I am. Besides, mutts are super cute without being edited!

Now, let’s talk about adoption. Adoption is good. We like adoption. Here are some statistics, because we’re super smart and stuff:

  • Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  • Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats
  • Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
  • Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
    • It is impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States; estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.(**Stats provided by the ASPCA**)

So, you see, adoption is necessary. Otherwise, millions of cutie patootie animals are killed rather than being snuggled and cuddled and baby-talked to by you!

Here are some of the faces of animals I’ve fostered and re-homed throughout the years

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Spoiler alert: None of these animals are ugly, vicious, or hopeless.

Next time you’re at Puppy Heaven or Cats ‘R’ Us, think of these faces and the millions of other fuzzy faces who just want to find a home with soft pillows and warm hearts.

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