Puppies as Snake Food? The Horror of Giving Animals Away for Free
I've recently stumbled upon an interesting hub, entitled Wal-mart puppies, that personally surprised me. I did not know that giving puppies away for free at major store locations was a typical practice. I was aware that such unfortunate situations of re-homing animals in an irresponsible manner occurs, heck, I've grown up watching depictions in popular animated films such as Oliver and Company.
However, I was taken aback by the apparent attitudes of people who choose to adopt these animals. I figured the 'free puppy boxes' were largely considered to be an outdated and unethical means of finding homes for unwanted litters, but the article in question listed this as one way to obtain a new furred companion.
I'd like to address this matter briefly, as I believe these giveaways are one of the worst things you can do for any pet, and borders on an animal equivalent to child neglect.
Not even fish should be sold here (they are)
- Popular Inexpensive Exotic Animals in Chain Pet Stores
One of the biggest conflicts facing animals in the pet trade is the promotion and indiscriminate sales of high maintenance exotic animal species.
Spontaneous dog buying
Walmart Shopping List: Chips, Tent poles, a New Dog, Sponges...
One common argument detractors of keeping 'exotic' pets frequently use to paint pet keeping as unethical is the suggestion that these special-needs animals will inevitably end up in abusive situations, whether it is with a neglectful owner who spontaneously buys something without knowing what they are getting themselves into, or the owner who ignores proper husbandry standards.
I made the assessment that the true problem with pets of any kind is their availability to be purchased for relatively small amounts of money in convenience pet stores. True 'pet people' typically don't buy such animals because they are knowledgeable about the improper environments where these animals come from and the poor breeding standards that conceived them. Exotic pets are being peddled to the ignorant masses, and it's a safe assumption that most of these special needs animals end up in less than ideal situations. I feel that this is the root of the problem with exotics.
Dogs being given away for the price of $0.00? I think anyone with reasonable levels of foresight can see how this is a problem. While I certainly feel that people should have the right to do what they want with their 'property', as yes, pets indeed are, being in the business of creating or distributing living things to new homes should have a basic ethical standard involving interest where the animal ends up, one that is not at all being met with handing an animal to any person with a pulse in a parking lot. With this going on, do non-domesticated animals still have it so much better?
Free puppies are at a High Risk of becoming Victims of Animal Cruelty
What proponents of 'free puppies' do not want to acknowledge are the existence of criminal people who will maliciously take advantage of such giveaways to gather new victims for various unimaginable and heinous crimes.
I will spare the reader and myself by not posting any videos or articles that reveal just what situations dogs and cats can end up in. While, unfortunately, things like this can happen to pets, people do not usually do this to $1000 animals, or animals that require the potential adopter to go through screening procedures.
Free animals will obviously be the target, and may encourage such activities by their mere existence. Giving away free animals can be chalked up to the level of negligence in going on vacation while leaving all your windows open. It is an unnecessary and greatly irresponsible way to find new homes for pets.
Support Local Shelters
"An inexpensive way to find a dog"
Tired of the high adoption fees that animal shelters charge and the 'invasive' screening procedures they put adopters through 'only' to gain custody of a mutt? A change of perspective and priorities is then urgently needed.
Animal shelters do not set these protocols because they enjoy worming their way into people's lives. They have genuine concern for where these animals end up (some of these animals have also been passed from home to home) like any caring person should.
As I've continuously stressed before, pets do not belong in everyone's homes. As a pet owner, I'm heavily concerned with what my right and lifestyle is supporting. What are you supporting when you declare that you will not support an animal shelter that cares where its animals end up, provides adequate vet care and information to adopters, and has an active interest in the animal's welfare?
What's worse, people are turning to adopting from someone who, for reasons I don't really understand, felt the need to not prevent their own animals from breeding, only to give them away to people who may spontaneously decide to take the puppy home based off of its youthful allure and neediness alone. And if this puppy grows, as all puppies do, and this person no longer wants it, where does this animal end up? You guessed it.
Supporting people who give puppies away is not only taking away homes needed by animals in shelters, it is also adding to them in those unfortunate situations when the spontaneous adopters part ways with their grown puppies. Essentially, people who are leery of animal shelters this way are a large contributing factor to the irresponsible attitudes that inevitably cause more animal suffering, overpopulation, and bad pet care standards while animal rescuers rush to try to correct their problem for little or no pay.
Shun this practice
I don't understand people who would take home a parking lot puppy. If they wanted a dog, why don't they have one already? The sad fact is, people find the situation of seeing a fresh young face on their travels alluring, and they just can't resist the little face. While it may be tempting to even "rescue" these animals (which would be very necessary if the animals are abandoned), it needs to be understood that more animals will take the current animal's place. Impulse buys of dogs and cats may or may not end up in a failed committed ownership, but the situation is blatantly an encouragement of bringing home a pet for all the wrong reasons. Pets do not belong as prizes in fairs, presents for unsuspecting children on Christmas, or giveaways in boxes. They are living things with social, mental, and physical needs and have the potential to live for 12+ years. It's about time people start seeing that.
Woud you adopt a parking lot puppy?See results without voting
Comment on the poll: Maybe I didn't get my point across effectively. Adopting puppies that are 'free' put other dogs at risk of becoming victims of horrific acts of cruelty such as being used as animal targets, "crush" videos, and other unimaginable acts. Is it worth it to support that just to save the dog you see before you? It is a shame that people cannot see past this because the real results are out of sight.
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