Monday, November 8, 2010

World Vegan Month Tip #8

According to HSUS, animal shelters in the United States care for an estimated six to eight million dogs and cats each year, and between three to four million are euthanized. This is an unnecessary tragedy. Be a responsible guardian: keep your companion animals safe and healthy and commit to them for a lifetime. Please have any animals you have spayed or neutered. Last, please do not ever support pet stores or breeders as they are largely responsible for overpopulation. Adopt instead!


  1. Thanks for this reminder. We can't say it too often! One of my closest friends just bought a puppy from a backyard breeder, and it made me so sad. She said that every time she called about a puppy in a shelter, he/she had already been adopted, so she went to Craigslist. She's a vegetarian and loves animals, and she knows all the reasons to adopt instead of buy. I didn't know what to say....

  2. Ugh. Someone I know did that a number of years ago. Her children HAD to grow up with a puppy. I told her that plenty of puppies end up in shelters but it turned out that she HAD to have a particular breed of puppy, too, and she didn't want to wait. Breed rescue wouldn't work for her for a variety of excuses - err, reasons - either. I remember that very clearly from my old days at the shelter: with every point, you have a very valid counter-point but people are still going to do what they want to do if that's what they've decided. They just want your blessing. I refuse to give it because I can be just as headstrong.


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