A great new article came out that echoes my frustrations when people tell me they are getting a new puppy from a breeder instead of a shelter. Please consider a shelter pet if you want to add a new member to your family!
"Despite the fact that nearly 62 percent of Americans have a pet, there are still more than 70 million homeless dogs and cats living in the U.S. Of these 70 million needy animals, only around six to eight million enter shelters each year. Although they only take in a fraction of America’s homeless animals, these shelters are mostly packed to capacity and strapped trying to function with limited funds. Yet, regardless of this wealth of pets looking for loving homes, only around 20 percent of Americans adopt their dogs from shelters.
So where are the other 74 percent coming from? Well, breeders."