My shelter is filled with Pit Bull type dogs. Another local shelter I visit frequently, also a low-kill facility, is filled with Pit Bull type dogs. In both shelters, there are more Pit Bull type dogs, as a whole, than any other breed. Typically, this is true in all shelters – kill and no-kill alike.
You impact more than you realize when you decide to purchase a puppy or kitten from a pet store or backyard breeder. You can pay hundreds of dollars for a young animal with the hope of molding it into the dog you want it to be when in fact, there may be an adult dog that is already the kind of dog you want, waiting in your local shelter.
And when you purchase from a pet store or backyard breeder, you only encourage those practices to continue. If people would stop buying from stores and individuals, those people would eventually stop breeding, and that would result in fewer unwanted animals in shelters.
When there is already a shortage of people who want to take a pet into their home and love it for its entire lifetime, every new litter of puppies and kittens born in our country adds to the growing problem of homeless animals.
Anyone who’s ever worked in an animal shelter can tell you, pet overpopulation is real. It’s not a yarn spun by kill shelters that want to justify their killing practices. If that were the case, no-kill and low-kill shelters would have empty kennels, and every home would be guarded by a dog and ruled by a cat.
The first line of defense in fighting the animal overpopulation is to SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS. Remember the old adage, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Refuse to be a part of the problem, and spread the word today about the importance of spaying and neutering.
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