Homelessness goes beyond animals

Some people and organizations are against breeding dogs. Breeders are often criticized for contributing to the pet population problem. I’m curious about whether or not these same people ever consider the human population problem. Why is it unreasonable to buy a puppy from a breeder or pet shop, yet it’s reasonable to want to have our own babies?

I have done my fair share of criticizing breeders, too. How could anyone buy from a pet shop or breeder when there are so many homeless animals? But, I hear about homeless animals a lot more than I hear about homeless children. Just as an example, there are 11 million children in sub-Saharan Africa alone who have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic, according to the WomenAid Children of the World Initiative. It is easy to forget about these children. I know I have done more to help homeless animals in my area than I have done to help any child.

The bottom line is, there are millions of homeless, orphaned children in the world, yet we still want our own babies. There are also millions of homeless dogs in shelters and in the streets, yet we still buy puppies from breeders.

The global problem of homeless children is a difficult issue to address, and that’s why it is too often avoided. There is no simple solution, but next time you question a breeder’s motives, think about what you are really arguing. It’s more important to love children and dogs for the individuals they are, not for where they come from.

8 thoughts on “Homelessness goes beyond animals”

  1. Wow, great bold post asking tough questions. This kind of thinking could really interfere with our narcissism! Thank you for putting it out there. I think that asking questions about the obvious overpopulation of people has been taboo for way too long. Requires thought, planning and personal responsibility. I’m still keeping breeders on the hook though, since people can chose but animals really can’t.

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  2. Ug…that shirt is just mean. I LOVE my Trooper Bear’s breeder. She is not irresponsible at all. However my little cousin got a small dog from a breeder (I didn’t get a chance to review) and the dog has many problems. It looks like the breeder was only in it for money not for healthy dogs. 🙁

    I agree and disagree – having our own babies versus adopting a dog or a bred dog . . . although I think of my dogs as my babies none of them are actually my blood. Adopting or getting a bred dog still gets you a dog and new member of the family. Though I think you’re right about the mindset. 🙂

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  3. Lindsay, you volunteer at a shelter don’t you? How many purebred dogs have you seen who don’t get adopted? My understanding is that there are few if any. If you check Petfinder its the same. Few purebred dogs are listed. It’s interesting that the numbers of homeless pets have been dropping since the 70s. There are states that actually import dogs to adopt out at their shelters. Several in New England that I know of do it and have gone as far as importing them from OUT OF THE COUNTRY. Small dogs and purebred dogs are few and far between in almost all shelters.

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  4. I can’t say that I’m overly thrilled with home breeders myself however I will say Bill’s son bred his English Bulldogs and Lola had 11 I think it was. I do know they were well taken care of and very healthy because I had to help take care of them and they had all their shots and everything was on the up and up, but that isn’t always true of most home breeders and it’s a crime all the puppy mills that are out there.

    Sorry didn’t mean to start on a rant, but needless to say it’s a lot of work and Billy had Lola fixed right after his home breeding business.

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  5. Chels is coming up to the age of being desexed…so many times Ive had the comment, ‘oh but your going to let her have one litter aren’t you’ … I tell them the same, there are enough homeless/unwanted/abused dogs…let alone a litter of Danes added to that…there are also breed specific dog homes here, full of abandoned ‘dog of the year’ currently malamutes…it may be different in America but in Oz the dog homes are full of purebred dogs

    You go girl your post is right on the mark

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  6. As of writing this, the humane society in my town has four purebred dogs out of about 10 total. The rescue where I have walked dogs currently has 10 purebred dogs out of 25. So yes, there are more mixes in shelters, but there are purebreds in need of homes, too. Some of them have been there for months. There are not many small dogs at all, though.

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