So what does all this Uniting for the Rights of Dogs mean?
It means that while one voice for the rights of dogs is commendable, many voices joining together is what it will take to make change and benefit dogs and future generations of dogs by uniting now against puppy mills and pledging "No Pet Store Puppies."
My family has adopted shelter and rescue animals for years. We've saved pets from accidents, raised babies who were motherless, and also have had some pets from reputable breeders. What we all need to do is to join together to support the many shelters and rescues who are out there every day saving animals. There are so many ways to support them, whether it is spreading the word about their work, donating money or supplies, helping with transporting, visiting shelter animals, fostering, and adopting rescued dogs.
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- The ASPCA estimates that there are thousands of pet stores in the U.S. that sell puppies. The ASPCA ultimately seeks to convince pet stores to limit their business to pet supplies and encourages them to partner with their local shelters to offer adoptable pets in their stores.
- Operators of puppy mills breed dogs in unsanitary, overcrowded and often cruel conditions where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.
- According to a poll conducted by Lake Research Partners and commissioned by the ASPCA, 78 percent of consumers are unaware that most puppies sold in pet stores come from large-scale commercial breeding operations commonly known as puppy mills.
- The poll also reveals that nearly 80 percent of consumers would not purchase a puppy if they knew it came from a puppy mill."
Have you taken the ASPCA's No Pet Store Puppies pledge? Simply put, you pledge that if your local pet shop sells puppies, you will not purchase anything there. Instead, check for pet supply stores who offer adoptions. Not sure of stores in your area that do...or, do you know of one that does? Then check out this Map of Stores Offering Puppy Adoptions.
Pets in rescues or shelters are not second-hand pets. They are not "damaged" dogs. They are dogs in need of love and a forever home. They all started out somewhere...the shelter and rescues are where they wound up because someone somewhere abandoned them. I think the rescue folks are amazing people. The number of Huskies I see rescued each and every day by caring folks across the globe is just outstanding. Healthy, sick, injured, abandoned, abused. They try to help them all. But it's still not enough. The amount of homeless and abandoned Siberian Huskies is epidemic. And that is just one breed! We need to start to stop this epidemic of homeless animals somewhere, and that's what this day and campaign is all about.
I want to take this opportunity to highlight some beautiful Siberian Huskies just waiting for someone to love and to have someone to give their love to. These beauties are from various shelters and rescues across the country, some are puppies, some are young adults, some are seniors, and some have special needs. They all deserve love and care. Please take some time to click on the following links and see if there is a Husky you, a family member, or friend can give a home to or even foster.
Together, we can help future homeless Huskies and dogs by spreading the word about puppy mills and promoting adoptions from shelters and rescues.
Thanks to the ASPCA, we are sponsoring a Gift Basket as part of this campaign to one lucky prize winner who takes the "No Pet Store Puppies" Pledge! If you live in the United States, you can complete this Rafflecopter for a chance to win it! Just take the pledge and then leave us a comment here. Winner will be announced at the end of the week.
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Together, we CAN Be the Change for Animals. I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Immanual Kent: "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."