By Tiana Nelson
Dogs for sale: a phrase that kills millions of dogs in the United States every year.
It’s not that people mean to kill animals, but with every purchased dog, another one is put to sleep for the lack of room in shelters and the lack of love available in the world.
This blog will be a quick one, as it’s a simple concept.
People can still have their purebred dogs and their cute little puppies, they should just look in a different place for them.
Most people look for the Internet ad that says “Puppies for sale” or the AKC posting for a notable breeder, but even if breeders are following all of the rules, they are still not doing the right thing by having animals reproduce at a time when the nation euthanizes millions of animals, and there are still millions of unwanted animals caged in shelters.
Puppies and purebreds aren’t bad. Just know they can already be found at shelters, so don’t buy a purebred or a puppy. Do your research, look for a breed rescue, a puppy rescue — just rescue the newest member of your family and save a life, rather than buy one.
The Humane Society of the United States reports that 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred, which amounts to almost 2 million purebreds in shelters each year (and about 1 million that die in shelters annually).
When you work with a breeder, you’re waiting for your little one to be born when there is another little one (equally as purebred and cute) already sitting in a cage wishing for its forever family. Think about saving that one instead.
If there comes a time when there are no puppies or purebreds dying in shelters across America, maybe breeders will have a place. Until that day, have your dog and save one, too … adopt, don’t buy.
Tiana Nelson is from Denver, Colo., and started the Doggie Avenger Blog with the goal of educating people and changing their perceptions about animals. When she began volunteering at a local animal shelter, it struck her that so many people were not actively aware of animal overpopulation. She hopes to change the lives of animals one-by-one through increasing awareness and encouraging people to always adopt — never buy from a breeder or pet store, to always spay and neuter their pets, to understand the depth of animal issues and to know why all of that is important. Tiana currently works in higher education, and in her free time enjoys traveling, running, volunteering with animals, spending time with her two pugs, and her family and friends.