Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Did you know?

According to the 2008 and 2009 National Urban Animal Surveys there are more than a million cats and dogs being placed into Canadian homes each year. Of these homing episodes it appears that adoptions from legitimate animal welfare organizations (like LOYAL Rescue, as well as many other Ontario rescues and shelters) account for 11%, registered breeders account for 8% and compliant retail establishments (i.e., pet stores) are thought to add another 16% of these placements. Only these 35% of placements come from inside the industry system of compliant homing organizations.

If these numbers are accurate, that means that almost 65% of the cats and dogs placed into Canadian homes may come from breeders who could fly under the radar for business licenses and taxes, whose litters are not identified in any industry system and whose operations may not be compliant with accepted industry standards.  In other words, puppy mills and backyard breeders!

Remember that by shopping in pet stores (though they may be "compliant retail establishments"), you are fueling this breeding industry that views dogs and cats as comodities that can be bought and sold for a profit.  Some breeders may be "reputable" and registered, but with thousands of shelters animals dying in shelters every year, there really is no legitimate reason for continuing to breed these animals.  Just ask any shelter worker how many stray cats they see every year, and how many are needlessly euthanized, and they can tell you why there is no need to continue breeding!
Adopt, and save a life!  Do not support pet stores, backyard breeders and puppy mills!

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