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Monday, December 3, 2012

Fostering

If you check on my instagram feed ever, you would know that we have fostered two puppies, and can't wait to host another. If you know me at all, or if you have been here reading long enough, you would know how I truly believe in adopting shelter dogs, or adopting a pet vs buying at the petstore. My last 6 dogs were rescues. They were, and are great dogs!
 Did you know that the State of Texas animal control facilities euthanize on average 700,000 animals per year?
The humane society estimates that 6-8 million animals enter shelters each year, and approximately 3-4 million are destroyed.
This includes, bad dogs, good dogs, great dogs, puppies, mixes, and plenty of purebreds.
Don't believe me?
Look, look closely.
Pick your jaw back up, and wipe your eye, because you can help change that. I am not trying to be in your face or make you feel bad. But my intentions are straight forward. You can help change this, you can make a difference. If you want a dog, adopt. If you want a particular breed, you can find it. A dog is a dog. That's it. Not one kind is better than another. If you want a certain look, you can bet you can find it.
If you do not want a dog for keeps, there are other options that will help this get better, one person at a time. For instance you can foster. You can request older, house trained, good with kids, and cats, or you can go all out and get a little puppy. You might love and take care of it for 2 days to 2 months. And if it's not working or it's not a good match you can ask the rescue group for a switcharoo!  You can even adopt the little bugger if you want!
Say you can't even have a dog at the moment, well, there are even options for you! You can donate to a rescue of your choice, or you can sponsor a particular pet who may need a surgery, or who has had a rough start and needs medicines to be a 100% ready for adoption.
But you can do something.
We can always do something.
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. ~Albert Schweitzer

2 comments:

Lisa said...

We volunteer at our local animal shelter. And we only ever get shelter animals. It is a sad situation. I hope your puppies are doing well!!!!

Jessica said...

I wish more people would think like you do. For every dog brought at a petshop or breeder there are MANY that die at shelters.Yes youc an get pure breds there, mixes, and anything in between.All ages, sizes, needs. We have taught our kids that you should adopt not shop for pets.All animals need love, and how much you pay for them dosnt indicate anything.Id rather save a life and in turn have them save a little bit of me:) Thankyou for having such a wonderful position on animals <3