Do you see that beautiful cutie making googly eyes at you behind the pet shop window? Let’s call him Chance. Wiggly, adorable Chance, a 12-week-old Maltipoo.
A designer mutt, bred from a Maltese mother and a poodle father. Wiggly, barking nonstop. In the cusp of life.
Imagine Chance’s birth. Did he come out of his dog mommy, equally gorgeous and well taken care of, pink, squalling and squeaking? Did she lay down on soft blankets in a warm room?
Did Mommy get cleaned up and fed after she did the most miraculous thing her body is capable of?
Most puppy mill owners don’t care how and when their dogs give birth; they only care about the money.
Puppy Mills are evil, and most of the dogs that come from there are in 100% deplorable conditions that we wouldn’t place our worst enemy in! Dirty, unkempt, oftentimes riddled with illness or infestation.
Every Dog, Cat, and Critter Deserves a Loving Home
But do all of them get adopted to good homes?
No. It’s like a lottery – the lucky puppy who grabs the most attention gets to go home to loving families. Puppies are so easy to adopt out because of their small size and hilarious antics. But what about the arthritic senior dog who’s quietly shaking in the corner of her kennel?
The sad reality is approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats) each year. They are killed through no fault of their own, except human neglect.
These numbers are from our friends in the ASPCA. If each family steps up to adopt shelter animals rather than shop in pet stores, we can save more puppy and kitty lives. We can stop the “sleeping,” which really means killing these helpless animals.
It’s worth mentioning that animals being put to sleep have declined from approximately 2.6 million in 2011 because of an increase in animal adoptions, and an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.