One of my favorite places in Raleigh is the Village District. Although the vibe there reeks of both overpriced food and privilege, it offers an escape from college life — as well as great antique shops. Because of its walkable layout, I often see a lot of dogs strutting the sidewalks, and they’re almost always purebred dogs.
I have nothing against purebred dogs per se. I believe all dogs deserve a loving home and I’m not saying that all purebred dog owners don’t provide it. However, if someone decides to pay thousands of dollars for a purebred animal instead of putting that money into supporting the lives of animals in need, I have a problem.
When you decide to buy a purebred dog, it often means going to a breeder. Buying from breeders not only hurts your bank account, but also contributes to animal overpopulation. About 70 million Cats and dogs are homeless in the US alone. Only about 10% of these animals end up in animal shelters where they have the chance of a loving home.
Although some breeders are better than Other, animal shelters are generally more concerned with animal welfare than profit. Many of the puppies supplied to pet stores and breeders are from Puppy Mills, which are large-scale farms. Often these places subject the animals to cruel conditions as the goal is to produce as many puppies as possible. When you choose to adopt from an animal shelter, you are helping to put unethical breeding practices out of business.
Some people are reluctant to support animal shelters that put their animals to sleep. For reasons of space and financing, however, homes often resort to this measure. When you adopt from a shelter, you not only make room for another animal, you also save the lives of other animals at the shelter.
If you’re still put off by the idea of adopting an animal from one of these shelters, don’t worry. Another option is a “no kill” shelter like that Wake County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).where animals are not euthanized unless the animal is too ill or injured to fully recover or poses a serious threat to human safety.
Also, animal shelters aren’t the only places where animals can be adopted—they exist, too saves. Often these organizations are made up of dedicated volunteers who take steps to ensure their animals end up in the right homes. Rescues typically consist of caretakers or people who temporarily care for specific animals in the rescue.
There is a common misconception that shelter animals are unhealthier than purebreds. However, this is not absolutely necessary the case. Many reputable animal shelters will almost always provide veterinary care upon an animal’s arrival, such as B. vaccinations, as well as a healthy, consistent diet.
In addition, purebreds have a higher authority of health disorders. Due to the increasing popularity of dog shows over the past two centuries, selection for desirable traits through inbreeding has increased. This meant that purebreds were not only more likely to have genetic disorders, but also greater health problems due to their body shape. For example, a Boston Terrier’s pinched nose – although very cute – makes him more prone to it breathing problems than other dog breeds.
But if you are determined to get a purebred dog, consider a rescue before going to a breeder. That’s right – there are breed specific ones saves! From corgis to ragdoll cats, there are a plethora of organizations dedicated to the welfare of your favorite breeds.
Regardless of where you find your best friend, make sure you are willing to take on the big responsibility of caring for an animal. Many of the animals that end up in shelters and animal shelters are capitulated. As Deputy Opinion Editor Mari Fabian wrote, most of us have so much to do and little time to do it that owning a pet might not be the best choice right now.
Pets can be a wonderful addition to our lives, brightening our days and giving us something to look forward to when we come home. However, almost any pet can provide these benefits without a large price tag or an aesthetically pleasing look. If you choose to adopt rather than shop, not only will your newfound friend get a new chance at life — but you might, too.