We've all seen it. #AdoptDontShop
This slogan is posted EVERYWHERE now-a-days. Originating from Animal Rights Activists this slogan was originally intended to be used to go after the horrendous puppy millers, but in today's society it is being used against even those of us who do it RIGHT!
So, with this being said, I would like to begin my own slogan "Educate Don't Discriminate"!
As an animal lover from the day I was born, a rescuer of the sick, inbred, neglected, AND a purchaser AND breeder of purebred dogs there are benefits to both sides. BUT, either side being in constant battle with the other does nothing for the potential animal adoptee. So let's break it down...
Let’s discuss a few pros to adopting shelter pet:
Now for a few cons to adopting a shelter pet:
***According to a study*, Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S., by Emily Weiss, Shannon Gramann, C. Victor Spain, and Margaret Slater, conducted by ASPCA and released in 2015 to the Open Journal of Animal Science, 47% of surrendered animals are done so due to "pet problems". These were identified in the study as behavioral issues, aggressive behavior, unexpected growth, and health problems. Following that was "Family Problems" with only 28% as so on. Basically, it is a never-ending cycle.
Now, drum roll...
Let's discuss the elephant in the room...
A few cons of obtaining an animal from a REPUTABLE breeder: (notice I used the word REPUTABLE: def.: having a good reputation. synonyms: well-thought-of, highly regarded, respected, well respected, respectable, of (good) repute, prestigious, established; reliable, dependable, trustworthy):
FINALLY...man, Suzanne, you are SOOOO long winded...
The PROS of purchasing from a REPUTABLE BREEDER:
SO, I hope this EDUCATES rather than DISCRIMINATES on whether purchasing an animal or adopting an animal is the right choice for you and or your family. And maybe next time you see #AdoptDontShop you can follow it up with #EducateDontDiscriminate and refer someone who maybe ignorant to this Blog about our Dogs!
Thanks for reading!
Proverbs 15:14 - The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.