A picture is worth a thousand words
The graphic picture shows the grim reality of pet over population.
The caption reads: Two days' worth of euthanized animals sit in barrels in cold storage at the Kern County Animal Shelter on Mount Vernon Avenue. The animal shelter euthanizes about 25,000 animals every year.
This is two days worth of dead animals from a small shelter in California. TWO DAYS!
Every single one of those animals came from somewhere... a puppy mill, a back yard breeder, someone who 'just wanted one litter' from their dog. When you choose to create life, you are responsible for that life. Those animals didn't ask to be born, and they sure didn't ask to die in fear in the hands of a shelter employee. Shelters have NO CHOICE but to euthanize these animals, more and more come in every day. There are far more animals than there are homes.
The ONLY way to stop this wholesale slaughter of healthy, happy pets is to STOP PRODUCING THEM. 99% of pet owners have no 'need' for a 'pure bred' dog. They don't intend to show the dog or compete in breed specific performance trials. Getting an 'AKC' dog from the local paper is no guarantee of health or temperament or quality. In fact, you have a BETTER chance of getting that 'perfect' dog from a reputable rescue where the dogs are evaluated before you adopt them.
If only this could be put on shirts for us to wear!! Then maybe people would get the hint!! Breeding all cats and dogs cause this problem, don't think purebreds never have this problem, cause rescuers have seen all types and many of them are from breeders that sold babies that never get spayed or neutered then those people let their pets have babies and they sell them, and the cycle never stops. If you are breeding then you are contributing to the problem, your kittens and puppies are not exempt from this cycle, even if you think they are going to good homes!
Contributed by twisteduterus