In memory of Mac
Not slaves, not toys, not status symbols.
bred dogs and cats. WHY ???
of homeless animals die every year. If you want a companion
animal, visit a shelter or rescue organization. Love doesn't require
a certain breed, color, size, or that the animal's ears or tail
look a certain way. If it does, you're not someone who should have
a pet. And you should be ashamed of yourself.
There are 60 million homeless cats in the US. There are millions
of homeless dogs, too. Be part of the solution and get your next
pet from the pound, shelter, or rescue organization. And when you
can, donate to no-kill shelters and rescuers.
They need your help to keep doing the wonderful work they
About to BUY a pet? THINK AGAIN.
If you really love animals, you'll never help breeders
or worse, puppy mills and pet stores, at the expense of the MILLIONS
of homeless animals in the US and around the world.
The first test for people who say "I love
animals!" is to look, honestly, at the way they treat their
own cat, dog, rabbit, hamster, fish, or other pet.
Ask yourself: Where did you get the animal?
shelter or rescue organization?
Or did you BUY the animal, perpetuating an inhumane system
that routinely abuses animals?
Love and compassion for animals begins at home.
You can't say "I love animals!" and also buy pets from
pet stores, breeders, or other profiteers who see animals as a commodity.
you do -- you're part of the problem.
If you didn't buy your pet, but know others who did, TALK TO THEM.
Share what you know and believe.
Speak up for the animals!
Q. Breeders? They're bad, too?
A. Yes. Even allegedly caring breeders can be guilty of over- and
in-breeding their animals, resulting in too many puppies or kittens
and offspring with health problems and/or bad dispositions (which
result in the animals being beaten, put to sleep, or abandoned).
The very concept of breeding animals for certain attributes, to
sell the animals for profit, is wrong. It's tantamount to slavery,
frankly, and breeders who love animals should get out of the business
and devote their time to finding homes for the millions of homeless
pets, many of whom are homeless because of the unnatural affinity
people have for "purebred" animals -- as though a persian
cat is somehow better than an "alley cat" or a particular
breed of dog is better than a "mutt". The truth?
Pure bred animals have lower intelligence and more health problems
than mixed breeds.
If you have a purebred dog, did you
butcher its tail and ears to make it meet some standard
for the breed? Imagine if someone told you you had to have your
nose fixed just because you aren't beautiful or handsome enough
-- and then fixed your nose against your will.
If you did rescue your pet, are you giving it a happy life?
The correct answer, of course, is yes -- and that means knowing
the answers to the following questions -- the right, compassionate
answers are obvious:
Have you spayed or neutered your pet? If not, do it NOW.
Can't afford it or don't know why it's important? Click here
to visit Friends
of Animals, one of many organizations devoted to spreading
the word about the importance of reducing the number of homeless
and abused cats and dogs.
Does your pet go to the vet to get the care it needs?
Do you go away and leave the pet alone for days or weeks at a time?
Do you ever strike or scream at your pet?
Do you let your kids squeeze, grab, drag, or otherwise abuse your
people who truly "love" their pets can be guilty of these
things and more. If you're not doing the best for your pet, it's
not too late to start being a good companion for your companion
animal. Put yourself in your pet's paws and think how YOU'D want
to be treated.
OTHER WAYS TO BE KIND TO PETS:
buy pets at pet stores. Pet stores buy from puppy mills
(they're just what you'd imagine -- filthy, cruel places where dogs
are kept perpetually pregnant, cranking out hundreds of puppies
(per dog) per year. Once the female can't produce anymore, she's
killed. The same goes for cats, and even "pocket pets"
(hamsters, gerbils, lizards, etc...) -- the people who supply pet
stores are NOT kind and caring to animals. They're in it for profit,
and that never translates to compassion.ALSO -- if your pet supply
store also sells animals, find another store. An exception? Any
pet supplier who has pets for adoption (but not for sale) -- these
rare places are actually helping find homes for homeless cats and
dogs. Oh! And while you're out shopping for pet food,
avoid Iams and Eukanuba products. Why? Because they test on animals,
injuring and killing animals in the process of developing their
products for your pet.
you can't afford to take your pet to the vet, consider
NOT having one until you can. If you already have a pet and are
living on disability, welfare, or some other provable low income
level, check out IMOM.org
-- they may be able to help you pay for the cost of emergency and
serious medical treatment.
sit back and say nothing if you see pets being abused.
If your neighbor beats his dog or leaves the dog outside all day
in all kinds of weather, report him to local authorities. If you
hear about an animal abuser on the news, write to the prosecutor
in the case and demand the stiffest penalty allowable -- "it
was only an animal" is a stupid comment heard in way
too many cases of animal abuse and death. Demand a strong legal
response to all cases of animal cruelty and let your legislators,
prosecutors, and elected judges know you're watching their action
in these cases.
TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) for any stray cats in your
neighborhood. Check the internet for local rescue groups who can
help you trap the cats, find vets who'll spay/neuter them for free
(or at a very low cost) and then release them. If the cats are at
all socialized (friendly with people), you can help find them homes
or take them in yourself. Want to know more about trapping and the
entire process of TNR? Click here.
EVER, buy or accept as a gift any animal that's part of
an endangered species. "Exotic" animals are also a no-go.
This includes monkeys, lions, tigers, alligators, prairie dogs,
and many birds. If you're not sure, "just say no". Animals
don't exist to entertain or serve us. There are plenty of dogs,
cats, and other domesticated animals that are better suited to being
pets -- there's no need to support the scum that poach and breed
wild animals for use as pets.