When I was a kid, dog adoption meant buying a puppy from a shop in the mall. I’ve never even heard of such a thing as an animal rescue shelter. This is something I truly regret every day now that I’m an adult and dogs are a central part of my life. I wouldn’t even consider adopting a dog from anywhere other than animal rescue organizations or the local pound right now.
My insight into ethical dog adoption is a sad story. Sparing the details, I met people involved in animal rescue when I was taking a wild road running along a highway near my house. The poor man almost died of starvation. When I took him to a local humane community location, I was told that he would almost certainly be put down in a few days. Incredulous, I asked why. Their response: ‘He’s black and big, and big black breed dogs are a dime a dozen, so they are rarely adopted.’
Needless to say, I took getting lost with me.
There’s no way I’ll ever give up on getting a dog adoption success story out of the mess. After doing a little research, I found that animal rescue shelters exist in every state.
That’s how I learned about a local group that not only works on dog adoption for stray dogs, but they also operate under a “no killing” philosophy. This type of animal rescue organization, which thrives primarily on donations from the public, provides puppies and dogs with a good place to live while they wait for their loving families to take them home. And if they are never adopted, then they live their natural lives in comfort and with human friendship, even from volunteering in shelters.
I learned that the adoption of an orphaned dog from this animal rescue facility saves thousands of lives every year, nationwide. And most groups are overwhelmed by the number of stray dogs and people who want to get rid of them for whatever reason (usually for their own convenience). The main fault lies in the so-called puppy factory, which cranks up litter after litter for sale at your local pet store. And of course, the blame also lies with people not getting their dogs sterilized or sterilized. Bob Barker was right all this time! If even 50% of owners fix their animals, the situation will improve dramatically.
So embarked on my own journey to the good side of dog adoption.
I ended up marrying a woman who owned an animal rescue organization that adopted a “no killing” philosophy. We share our lives with many dogs, all mixed breeds, and all of whom we love completely.
Oh, and the stray I mentioned earlier that started my adopted dog wander? Her name is Cookie, and when I first found her she was skin and bones. That was before a loving family living near the large park adopted him from the animal rescue group. The last time I saw him, he was almost fat from all the food and had the time of his life playing in the park. I cry. Happy tears.
Next time dog adoption is on your agenda, please consider checking out an animal rescue shelter near you. Or go to the local pound. Save lives!