Over-population is a major problem… whether it’s people, plants or animals, including pets!
Unwanted pets are a major threat to humanity!
The problem of unwanted/homeless pets is so severe that there are some societies sprung up that spend time and money in looking after the neglected ones and conduct birth control procedures for free.
We are dumbfounded when we read news like this one: “There estimated 600 million stray dogs all over the world.”; “6-8 million unwanted/homeless pets enter animal shelters in the USA alone… less than half are adopted but the rest are euthanized, i.e. killed lawfully.”; “There are 55,000 human deaths in a year because of rabies from stray dog bites in Shanghai!” or “In USA alone taxpayers pay a staggering amount of 2 billion for disposing of the unwanted dogs and cats!”
Can more number of animal shelters in the world solve this problem? – No!
Probable reasons for so many stray/unwanted/homeless pet dogs
Why is the number of unwanted pets, especially the number of pet dogs, growing? People keep pet dogs more for fashion or in competition with their neighbours than out of true affection. And once the charm is gone and the toil of keeping a pet dog becomes evident, they freak out!
There are ads that make us feel great having a pet dog, but those ads always hide the chores and the responsibilities a pet owner needs to shoulder in having a pet! In some cases, having a pet is more burdensome than having a baby because as a baby grows into a boy or girl and then into a young man or woman, the parents are gradually let free of the shackles that have tied them up with the baby 24/7.
This is not the case with a pet dog. A pet dog owner needs to serve food, take the dog out for walks, give the dog a bath, take the dog to the clinic and clean the mess after the dog as long as he owns the dog. As long as he owns the dog! So when an owner is tired of these chores, the best way to be free of this burden is to get rid of the pet! It’s that simple. Pets don’t sue or make any complaints against their owners; they are loyal and faithful to their masters.
Losing interest in the dog is not the only reason for getting rid of a pet; there are some genuine reasons to be taken into consideration, too. Changes in an owner’s life may make him lose interest in his family, including his pets: changes in work timings; break-up with spouse; having to move to a more crowded locality where pets are not allowed; and the inevitable financial troubles resulting from overspending, gambling, and the final blow, losing the job!
So, what’s to be done!
Think well before buying a pet dog; discuss with friends or neighbours who have pets; see if there is enough room for the dog to move about; take consent from other family members, and finally, consider affordability of buying healthy food and meeting the Vet’s bills. And once the decision is made to have a pet dog, don’t give it up for anything in the world.
As mentioned in the earlier article, go the extra mile and buy your pet dog from a genuine breeder, not from the pet shop down the street where you get impure breeds. Get your pet registered at a well established K9 clinic. Feed your pet with reasonably nutritive food… and don’t breed your pet!
Adopting over buying a pet:
In order to reduce the misery of the number of dogs in the animal shelters, we can always adopt a pup of our choice from any registered animal shelter where volunteers guide us and choose the most suitable breed of dog for each one of us. We can be heroes for doing such a good deed… giving a comfortable home for a miserable pup which is brought into this world by our own greed.
And don’t breed your pet dog!
There are several options available to prevent our pet dogs from breeding. There are oral contraceptives which can keep our bitches from conceiving when they are in heat so that we won’t have unwanted litters which we may be forced to sell or give away to those unscrupulous ‘dog lovers’ who are always on the prowl to make a couple of bucks by hook or crook!
Researchers are working on removable birth control transplants with which we can stop our bitches from coming into heat when we don’t want or let them have litters when we find the most suitable partners for our pets.
And then the most effective and the safest method of birth control for pet dogs and cats is ‘spaying’ for bitches and ‘neutering’ for dogs. Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures in which the inner reproductive organs of the pets are removed… the ovaries and uteruses in bitches and testicles in dogs.
With the reproductive organs removed, it is observed, pet dogs behave less aggressively… no excessive barking, no roaming about the locality in search of a mate and getting into trouble with the other dogs or being run-over by motor vehicles, no stray dogs trying to jump over the fence to get to your bitch, and no unwanted litters of pups!
Dog experts are making a hue and cry about how unorthodox breeding practices are ruining breed quality and as a result how the innocent pedigree dogs are subjected to living a life of misery because of genetic disorders and diseases.
When it comes to fancy breeds, such as our pugs which are considered “mutants” of the dog world by some scientists, they have already undergone several induced genetic makeovers along their long journey to the present attractive but unnatural shape and size.
Our reckless breeding methods may subject these helpless souls to even more suffering.
As spaying and neutering are done before the pets reach puberty and under the influence of anaesthesia, the animals don’t feel a thing, and as the dogs and cats that undergo this surgical procedure are back to normal within a week, the owners need not sweat a lot looking after them.
In addition, those owners who are on tight budget can have their pets spayed or neutered absolutely free of cost at the animal shelters or SPCA centres! There are many volunteers who can be contacted online or even in person to help us keep our pets free of litters and our minds free of guilt!
The San Francisco SPCA is so bent upon bringing pet owners to their senses to have their pet dogs spayed or neutered that they even published a fake advertisement about ‘dog condoms’ so that when curious dog owners approach them for more information, they can try to explain to them the benefits of getting their pet dogs spayed or neutered… and for free! (For an article about this ad, please follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2013/10/spcas-pet-condoms-campaign-applauded-by-animal-owners.html)
Therefore, it’s our moral responsibility as compassionate humans in general and dog lovers in particular to see to that we don’t add more number of unwanted or homeless pet dogs.
Dexter proudly says he’s neutered!!!