An Open Letter to President Elect Obama
Hypo-allergenic dogs are in shelters too!
Dear President Elect Obama -
You made it to the White House - congratulations! I know that you have many topics to conquer and many changes to make in this great country of ours.
Of course, as you know, your agreement to adopt a shelter dog for your daughters Sasha and Malia brought joy to the hearts of so many ordinary citizens who work tirelessly in shelters to find each and every animal their forever home. I have now read that, due to Malia's asthma, you may be rethinking the decision to find a dog from a shelter. I would like to urge you not to rescind on this! There are millions of shelter dogs to choose from including hypoallergenic breeds, such as Labradoodles and Between 6 million and 8 million dogs and cats end up in shelters every year; about half of them have to be euthanized, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
I myself have volunteered in shelters and have seen the innocent lives lost for many reasons. Sometimes people see these animals as expendable; they get tired of taking care of them or feel that it costs too much for pet upkeep. Many times people are not allowed to have dogs but take them in anyhow; the landlord finds out and it's curtains for the animal. Many shelter dogs are not just mixes or "mutts"; many are purebreds who were unfortunate enough to fall into the hands of irresponsible, uncompassionate humans. In fact, out of the nearly 148,000 adoptable dogs currently available on Petfinder.com, there are thousands of hypoallergenic options available, including:
- 2,558 Poodles and Poodle mixes
- 925 Yorkies
- 657 Bichon Frises
- 434 Cairn Terriers
- 247 Westies
- 152 Cockapoos
- 120 Wheaton Terriers (www.sfgate.com)
Any of these may be suitable for your family; you can go onto Petfinder.com to look at pictures and to see which ones are in the Washington D.C. area. I can tellyou from experience that shelter animals have so much love to give; they seem to know that their days were numbered, and that they are truly blessed in every sense of the word. You will never regret your decision.
Another reason I am writing, perhaps the most important of all, is this - you are now going to be the President of the United States of America. Every citizen in this nation will be looking to you and emulating what you do. If you were to buy a dog from a breeder, it would be a sign to the citizens of this nation that purebred" dogs are better. Whatever dog you choose, there will no doubt be a rush of people looking to get the same. As President, your every move will be scrutinized and imitated. Wouldn't you like to make the right move? Wouldn't you like that move to save not only the life of the dog you choose, but countless other dogs as well, dogs who undoubtedly would have been chosen to meet their maker? You really can help make a difference. Please do not underestimate the brevity of your decision. All animal lovers are watching and waiting. I, and my fellow animal loving citizens, trust that you will make the right choice.
Please don't let us down.
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