05 Feb Shopping vs. Adopting
With a growing amount of celebrities preaching rescue only culture you would think the age of the perfect purchased puppy would be coming to an end. Celebrity culture has never had more influence on young generations and yet we still see instagram pages of people show casing their pure bred puppy – highlighting it’s birthday and where the breeder is located.
Which begs the question, what will it take for people to stop this cycle? When will people make adoption the only option? Approximately ten thousand animals die in shelters each day yet a huge portion of the population say, “that is so sad I can’t handle it,” and then continue to buy from breeders. In the age of Petfinder and countless other online pages that can connect you to just about any kind of dog on earth to rescue, it removes the excuse people often used for buying which was – my local shelter did not have any dogs that interested me or they were all large breeds, etc. For the sake of this article I spent under three minutes searching for adoptable puppies in my area – three minutes or less was all it took to find countless adorable dogs of all breeds and sizes within 20 miles of me. Here are just a few:
Pretty cute and all diffent breeds and sizes.
I once had a man email me saying he wanted to get his wife a puppy, but didn’t like the look of shelter dogs. He said he wanted a small dog, very young, and good for an apartment. I sent him images of eight week old shih tzu shelter puppies – as cute or cuter than any pup you can find in a petshop window. He responded a week later, “We bought a dog, but thanks for your help. We’re willing to make a donation to shelter animals.” I was so disgusted that I never replied. It was a perfect example of the biggest problem facing shelter dogs… too many people pity them but won’t take them home. We are obviously a culture that likes to see beautiful things but at what point do we say, we can’t keep deciding the value of life by appearance.
Dogs adopted are generally reported as more attractive than dogs that are euthanized. I was speaking with a group of rescuers the other day while looking at some adorable puppies in the ASPCA Spay and Neuter Clinic in South LA and we all joked that none of us would most likely ever adopt a puppy again. We know better than anyone else that only hard core rescue people pick the “ugly dogs”, the older dogs, the dogs whose true beauty can’t be seen on the outside.
Be a champion for rescue, champion not judging by looks alone, join this new movement where adopting and not shopping is the only acceptable way to get a pet. Ten thousand animals a day are depending on it.
Here are a couple rescue only celebs we love.
Hilary Swank told Petfinder, “I am a really big advocate for speaking up for animals that need to be adopted, and when you think about the statistics, to me, there is no other option but to adopt.”
Sandra Bullock actually has three dogs who are all rescues and who all happen to be special needs pooches! Poppy is a tripod, Ruby is a bipod, and Bebe (not pictured) is a Chihuahua with a missing eye.
Liam Hemsworth has two rescue pooches and has said, “I’m a huge advocate of rescue. If you’re going to get a dog, get a rescue.”
Don’t just send a donation to shelter dogs and pity them. Go adopt one and change this cycle.