Part 2, coming at you! Did you read Part 1?!
In the second part of our Itty Bitty Pitty Committee series, I would like to talk about the importance of Adoption, Rescue, and Spay & Neuter.
Let’s see how many feathers I’m about to ruffle!
Adoption. Saves. Lives.
That’s really all there is to it! Just kidding, let me school you first. If you choose to save a life and adopt your next best friend, you’re actually saving TWO lives, the dog you adopt, and the dog that the rescue/shelter is able to save in place of said dog. What a great reason to adopt a dog! Don’t want an adult dog, no worries, so many rescues are out there every single day saving puppies! Charger was 4 weeks old when he was rescued and we adopted him at 12 weeks old! Everyone is always so concerned that they won’t be able to get a puppy from a rescue! WRONG-OOO! Don’t want to deal with the potty-training, teething, biting, and general behavioral changes that come with the sweet puppies? You can adopt a beautiful adult dog! These sweet adult and senior dogs need just as much love and are ready for their furever homes! What could be better than helping a dog live out their lives with you and your family? When you buy a dog from a backyard breeder, puppy store AKA puppy mill, or from someone who–“Oops! My dogs somehow mated and now there are puppies, I can’t believe that happened!” *insert many eye-rolls here* When you purchase your dog from the aforementioned, you are partaking in simple supply and demand. You are in-fact, overpaying for a pet just so people can continue to breed and make money! Then what happens? Shelter dogs die. Sorry, not sorry about the blunt stats here but it’s just the reality of this horrible situation. Now, in my very unprofessional opinion, in regards to pitties, it is very popular to have a pitbull right now. I’m not sure if it makes you feel cool, popular, hard, sensitive, kind, loving, whatever you feel by having a pitbull, it’s popular. There is a definite difference between ADOPTING a pitty vs. buying a dog from someone. Whether that is a backyard breeder, an “accidental” litter, or a friend, there’s a serious difference. As kind as it is to adopt this beautiful and inherently good breed, there are not for everyone! Do your research, and this is for all dogs; if you do not have the time, patience, love, and general decency of being a good human, do these sweet souls a favor and just DON’T. Don’t get a puppy, don’t get a dog, don’t try to look like a hero.
Next up…spay and neuter. Why is it important to Spay and Neuter your pets?
I have heard it all, “I feel bad! I don’t want to take away his manhood! What if I want to breed them? How will she have a litter?” And let me tell you, same as adoption, spay and neuter will save lives. Do you know how many pets die in shelters every single year? Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). Did you read that correctly? 1.5 MILLION SHELTER ANIMALS ARE EUTHANIZED A YEAR! (But yet people still choose to buy their pets?) AND. I’m going to make an assumption here and say about 40% of those that are euthanized, are of the pitbull family. Spay and neuter will save lives, and not only that, possibly help with future behavioral and health problems.
Just remember what Bob Barker used to tell you…
OK. Homework time. I am going to link a few of my favorite sites, rescues, organizations that all are not only amazing Pitbull Advocates, but pet advocates in general! Don’t believe me on some of this info, time for you to do your own research! Maybe it’s common sense, maybe it’s ignorance, maybe it’s just being careless, but please look into adoption first. Pitbull backyard breeders need to become a thing of the past. We need to help rescue, adopt, and rehabilitate the souls that we have right in front of us.
These are truly just a few wonderful organizations. Check out your local rescues and shelters, they need your love & support!
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Let me know!