Desex Your Pet & Buy From Shelters - Say No To Animals In Pet Shops
Why you should be purchasing your next pet from a shelter and the importance of desexing your beloved pet.
Kittens and puppies in the pet store windows may look cute and on impulse, I'm sure you'll want to buy one. However spare a thought for the estimated 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats that are euthanized every year in shelters in Australia because there are simple not enough homes for them all. These are beautiful, healthy, loving dogs and cats that are killed simply because of people's laziness towards animals.
These deaths are avoidable. They are a result of people not desexing their pets and people 'impulse' buying cute puppies and kittens at their local pet shop. Did you know that it has been mathematically calculated that in just seven years, one female cat and her young can produce as many as 420,000 cats? That means that when the mother has a litter of say 5 kittens, and those kittens mature to produce 5 kittens of their own, then those kittens mature to have five more kittens each, the problem escalates and pretty much goes out of control! Not only does this contribute to the overpopulation crisis drastically, but it is bad for the mother cat's health to keep producing numerous litters in her lifetime. Desex your cat!
Now onto dogs.
Roughly 130,000 healthy dogs die every year in Australia. These dogs, are as stated above, healthy, devoted campanions that are sentenced to death as a result of:
a) lazy or uncaring humans not desexing their puppies/dogs (check out this)
b) humans impulse buying dogs than dumping them at shelters when they are no longer cute
c) buying dogs from breeders that breed the dogs like machines
There are so many amazing shelters out there with beautiful dogs that do not have a chance. If you are going to buy a dog, make sure it is for the right reasons and not just because 'it looked cute.' If you are not willing to care for a dog its entire life, provide it with food, water and love, or take it on walks and keep it safe than a dog is not for you.
There is no point buying one just because they looked cute in the window. This is a life we are talking about and should not be taken as a light decision.
Any vet will tell you that desexing your pet is part of responsible pet ownership. Far too many dogs in Australia are bred for profit and pet shops encourage irresponsible breeding and impulse purchasing which is why they should not be allowed to sell live animals. Not only this, they are contributing to the abandoned pet crisis astronimically!
Our Ambassador Brittany reports on Oscars law:
"I always find myself speaking negatively of pet stores as well as some pet breeders – and of course I do have my reasons to do so! A lot of people in our community all own an average of 2 pets per household, most of them either bought via a pet shop or private pet breeder (for a very expensive price!). This creates a conflict to the companion animal cycle, as these families find themselves bringing back timid, aggressive and unsocial dogs. Most of these cases are due to the fact they came from a very poor background in which they were mistreated by humans, and lived in poor conditions. I know some of you may believe the cliche understanding of adopted dogs background, but you haven't even glanced at the background in which some pet store animals have experienced! This is where Oscar's Law comes to save the day. Oscar's Law is a very simple campaign which enable's everyone to make a stand and tell the Government that "We do not want companion animal's factory farmed anymore" and "We no longer want the pet industry to mislead us about what is acceptable for our animals". You may be wondering who is Oscar? Well Oscar was one of a number of dogs who were rescued from a puppy factory in central Victoria where they had been neglected to the point they required urgent veterinary care (such as severe matting, ear infections, gum disease and rotten teeth. Is this sickening for you to read? Well, join the band wagon of the Oscar Law Rally and help prevent innocent dog's and cat's from suffering on a daily basis! We can help fight the genocide in Australia's pounds, promote rescue organisations and shelters as the first option to adopting, and change the way Australians get their pets"
Looking for a puppy/dog or kitten/cat?
Try these excellent shelters: (if you know any other shelters let us know!)
First of all try Pet Rescue, it is like an Australia-wide search engine to rehome dogs and cats!!
RSPCA (shelters all over regional Victoria)
Victorian Canine Rescue
Geelong Animal Welare Society
Victorian Animal Aid
Australian Animal Protection Society
Senior Dogs Rescue
Lort Smith Animal Hospital
The Lost Dogs Home
Beagle Rescue Victoria