I have described my dog Zoe as an angel sent from heaven to bring joy into my life. She is so precious to me.
I was in my early to mid twenties when I got Zoe. My wife and I decided we wanted a chocolate lab, so we found a reputable breeder. Before we knew it, we had an eight week old puppy, and she has enriched my life every day since.
So now, I find myself at forty years old questioning my choice to get a dog from a breeder. There are rescue groups for every breed of dog, and animal shelters are packed with pets in need of homes. As I ponder this, I blame my decision on my own ignorance. I simply did not know how many animals are killed every day. Every pet bought from a puppy store or breeder, equals a pet from a rescue or shelter that must be killed. I had never considered that before getting Zoe. All of my cats are rescues, and they are perfect fits into our family.
I would never trade the experiences I’ve had with Zoe, but I now know I made a bad choice. I was uninformed. So let’s spread the word and make sure people are informed!
I won’t go into numbers of pets killed every year, but the numbers are staggering. And you would be surprised how many of those are owner surrenders, where the pet became too inconvenient for the owner. Pets are a lot of work, and require a lot of time and money. If you go on a trip, someone needs to take care of your pet. If you work all day and leave your dog at home, he will likely get bored and chew something up.
If you can’t take care of a pet, don’t get one! If you are ready for that commitment, you are in for years of love and warmth from the best friend you can imagine. Just don’t make the same mistake I made. SAVE A LIFE! Rescue a pet in need of a home.
There are generally adoptions at the local pet supermarket every weekend (for me it’s Petsmart), plus rescue groups and animal shelters in every county. There are no shortage of places with tons of animals in need of rescue. If you’re looking for a place to start, check out Best Friends Animal Society; a great group with global reach. But I’m sure you can find a place right around your corner with a friend that will be perfect for you.
A final note. Thank you to my sister Enger who is a hero in the pet saving world 🙂 Love you sis!