This is the truth! This is what you should be thinking before you get a puppy. You and your family should be the only ones who will ever own your puppy dog.
Puppies and dogs are not things that you can take care of when you want to and when you are done just give them up. IT’s NOT FAIR! My site is to help you realize all that needs to be done when you own a dog. Plus a bonus, to give you puppy potty training tips that work!
“Imagine that one day, your family decides to give you up. Everything that you know is taken away. You have always had someone to take care of you. How would you feel? What would you think? Where would you go? Talk about anxiety, to just be thrown out into the world with nothing, and no survival skills! Pet Overpopulation is a real problem.”
My Goatie Girl, pictured above, is finally in her forever home here! She had 2 different owners before us plus she obviously had puppies. She has anxiety. She gets scared easily. She can’t be crated or she will hurt herself to get out. She chews things if she is left alone. We always have to make sure she has Sparkles inside with her when we leave. She has some issues, but I would too if I was in many different homes. Plus, she had been at the animal shelter for 6 months already when we found her and brought her home. She is one of the sweetest Pit Bulls you will ever see. My kids crawl all over her and she is great with our little Lily pup. I am glad she is ours!
But . . . if you look around, you will see animal shelters that are full. Animal foster parents that are in need! Rescues all over for every breed imaginable, and let’s not forget the puppy mills with people who are just out to make a buck. It is just not fair. I feel we have so many selfish people out there who don’t feel a dog is worth keeping when they start to act up or have problems OR, they just don’t fit into “their” life anymore.
Let’s look at some Pet Overpopulation Facts that I have found from the ASPCA.
- 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters every year, 3.9 million are dogs.
- 1.2 million dogs are euthanized a YEAR.
- 1.4 million shelter dogs are adopted each year.
- Twice as many animals enter the shelters as strays rather than their owners relinquishing them.
- 70-80 million dogs are owned in the USA.
- Many strays are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
What do you think about these facts? Do they surprise you? Did you have any idea this many dogs were out there?
The fact that most strays are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors is disturbing. Especially when you think about all of the pet supplies that are available. The crate being the most important one.
Did you know that it is cheaper to spay or neuter a pet than to take care of the mothers and its puppies? Dogs that are running around without homes become mature faster than those raised in a home. These animals tend to mate faster because of it. Check out this document of Pet Overpopulation Facts. This is a factual sheet for teachers to teach about pet overpopulation in the classroom. It has suggested lessons at the end for all grades. What a great way to get our younger generation to learn about pets and the overpopulation we see in today’s world.