In the United States, 6 MILLION Dogs are "reported" to be either Euthanized or Gassed every year. That number has risen every year and will continue to rise every year until more people stand up and do something about it. This does not include the many many dogs that are killed by breeders and Puppy Mills who can't sell them. If you don’t think that 6 MILLION sounds like a lot of lives, then let me break it down for you:
6,000,000 Dogs Every Year
500,000 Dogs Every Month
16,666 Dogs Every Day
694 Dogs Every Hour
12 Dogs Every Minute
Which works out to about 1 Dog is either Euthanized or Gassed in this country every 5 seconds!
Some people say, well that’s just the way it is and there’s nothing we can really do about it. Those people are wrong. There are many things that can be done in order to keep so many lives from being wasted.
First of all, anyone that takes a pet into their home needs to Spay or Neuter them. Even if you don’t plan on breeding them, there’s still the possibility of an accidental encounter with another animal and…..POOF! You’ve got yourself a litter. It is an easy solution that anyone can have done. If you’re worried about the cost, there are plenty of shelters and clinics that offer low-cost spay and neutering. Some I’ve seen as low as $30. All you have to do is look and they’re not hard to find.
Secondly, and MOST important is, DO NOT BUY A DOG!!! When you buy a dog from a breeder or pet store, you are promoting PUPPY MILLS and BACKYARD BREEDERS. Not to mention that it is unnecessary and, if looking for a specific breed, ridiculously expensive. Puppy Mills and Backyard Breeders are the leading cause of overpopulation, and therefore euthanasia, due to over-breeding. They breed as many dogs as fast as possible. These dogs are usually kept in ridiculous small kennels, starved and abused. These people only see a product when they look at dogs. They don’t care about them at all. If they did, they would not put them through the stress and torture of mass breeding. Any dogs that they are unable to sell while they’re puppies are either killed or sold to the highest bidder, usually for Dog Fighting Bait or Scientific Experiments. If none of the above is done to them and there is room, they stick them in a kennel and enter them into a breeding program. So if you are thinking about buying a dog, please reconsider. Always Adopt
There are thousands of rescue organizations and shelters out there doing everything they can to save these helpless animals that are being massacred at an alarming rate. Most non-specific rescue organizations and shelters have a very wide variety of dogs that are truly cared about. They are also not as expensive as you may think. Adoption fees range anywhere from $65 to $200 depending on where you go. These adoption fees are to help with the cost of veterinary expenses, feeding, and boarding if needed. With some rescues, they set a low adoption fee, that doesn’t nearly cover all of the costs, just so they can find homes for more animals. Also, for every breed of dog, there is a rescue organization. So the excuse of, “Well, I have my heart set on a Shih Tzu.” can’t really be used as an excuse anymore. It will take just as long to find a breed specific rescue and a dog that’s right for you as it would to find a specific breeder to buy a dog from. Plus, it would more than likely be cheaper. Then you can go to bed at night knowing that you gave an animal a home that would have been killed otherwise.
The rescues listed on this page are organizations that Woof Pet Bakery has had direct involvement with and we want to show our support to them and help them in any way that we can. Each weekend, we have a rescue organization set up in the courtyard of our store in Old Town Spring. For more information on that, go to our Calendar of Events and click on Adoption Days in Old Town Spring. These are non-profit organizations that operate solely off of donations, contributions, volunteers, fosters, money from their own pockets, and, if they’re lucky, sponsorship. So please, if you are able, find it in your heart to contribute to their organizations. For every dog adopted is another life saved.
Every Life is Worth Saving.