Across the nation, cities, towns, counties and now states want to ban the sale of Cats and Dogs from pet stores and regulate all breeders right out of business. Why? Because Animal Rights groups like HSUS have convinced them through sob stories, slanted statistics, and many times through lobbying (that’s code word for $$$) that Pet Stores and breeders/breeding are the reason why shelter animals die. The words that are thrown around are: overpopulation, puppy mills. But let’s look at the numbers, because…. numbers don’t lie.
Since studies show that euthanasia rates have not dropped and adoptions have not increased with any tangible numbers in local shelters located within the areas where puppy and kitten sales bans have been in effect, WHY are local governments still banning?
Since studies show that less than 5% of pet shop puppies end up in shelters, WHY are pet stores still being blamed for the “overpopulation” resulting in these bans?
Since studies show that 10% of dogs adopted from shelters/rescues end up not remaining in the home within six months, and half of those pets were returned back into the shelter system, therefore doubling the shelter intake numbers artificially, WHY are pet stores and breeders still being blamed?
Since studies show that there is absolutely no difference in the retention of a pet between pet owners who took the time to research the pet they wanted and pet owners who decided spur of the moment to obtain a pet, WHY are pet stores and breeders still being blamed?
Since studies show that dogs at highest risk of not remaining in a home are “dogs obtained older than 6 months of age”, and pet stores and breeders typically place younger, 8-12 week old puppies into homes, WHY are pet stores and breeders still being blamed?
Since studies show that dogs at highest risk of not remaining in the home are dogs “obtained for little or no money”, WHY are pet stores and breeders still being blamed?
Since studies show that dogs that enter shelters are not due to health issues (supposedly caused by poor breeding in puppy mills) but rather due to personal reasons/excuses on the part of the owners, WHY are pet stores and breeders still being blamed?
The Top Ten Reasons Given for Leaving Pets at Shelters in the United States
3. Landlord issues
4.Cost of pet maintenance
5.No time for pet
7.Too many pets in home
8.Pet illness (es)
9. Personal problems, Biting
10.No homes for littermates