This older blog is being reposted in honor of all of the people that believe there is NO GOOD REASON for bringing another litter of puppies into the world. No such reason exists. Not while we are euthanizing TONS AND TONS of healthy dogs every year in this country.
This is an issue that has been gnawing at my soul for 10 years now. Hopefully when it all comes tumbling out, it will make sense. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Before I begin, let me say that I think cats are mighty groovy, but I'm most attached to dogs, so I'll be speaking for them (although this post goes just as well for cats too).
About 10 years ago I took a job as a kennel worker at an Animal Control facility in Alamogordo, NM. I THOUGHT at the time I was going to be there for awhile, given my intense love of dogs. Well, I lasted two months. The reason: one of my duties was to help with the twice weekly euthanasia. I'm sure there are a few others here on Scoop that have had the unfortunate task of euthanizing animals. But I'm quite sure that most of you have not. So kindly bear with me as I explain a simply fact. IT IS NOT ONLY OLD OR SICK DOGS THAT ARE EUTHANIZED. In the two months I worked there, we euthanized countless healthy puppies and healthy, vibrant, lovable dogs in the prime of their lives on a weekly basis. How do you begin to explain to a dog, when you're walking him to "the room," that his chances have all expired? Bright eyes, wagging tails, and not enough homes. And then they are gone. And stuffed into black plastic bags and taken to the landfill. It's beyond my comprehension that a world that is so full of good and love and hope would allow this to happen to our companions.
Another simple fact, there are more good dogs than there are good homes for them. Let me reword that, and still have the statement be true: there are more dogs than there are homes for them. Let's not even qualify "good" homes (which all dogs deserve) -- lets just say "homes" period. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH OF THEM. Please implore your friends, neighbors, family to STOP bringing more puppies into this world.
Here’s my kicker: every person that allows more dogs to be born into this already overpopulated dog world, should first have to assist in the euthanasia of healthy, homeless dogs for a month. If, after a month of euthanizing wo/man’s best friend over and over and over, you can still, without regret, allow more puppies to join us -- then I guess I don’t have much more of an argument. Hold those dogs in your arms as they take their last breaths – for no good reason except that there aren’t enough homes. NO MORE PUPPIES!!!