The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated ~ Mahatma Gandhi
MILLIONS of pets come into shelters every year. 60% of Dogs and 70% of cats get euthanized each year. Only 15-20% of dogs get to return to their owners and the stats say less then 2% of cats go home to theirs. 50% of the dogs in shelters get euthanized simply because there is no one to adopt them. You do the math, that means only 10% of shelter dogs are put down because of behavior or medical problems, so 90% of shelter dogs are completely adoptable. Shelter dogs know that you saved their life and they will be your loyal companion for life!
Buying from a pet store: Pet stores often get their puppies from puppy mills. Puppy mills sell their puppies to pet stores for cheap. Pet stores don't complain because this way the pet stores are able to make a good profit.
What is a puppy mill? Puppy mills mistreat their dogs by keeping them in unkempt cages, they force these animals to breed and just pump out puppies so they can make money. Often these puppies come with problems due to the poor conditions they are born and raised in.
What happens when I surrender my dog to a kill shelter: Your dog will undergo a health check and have its behavior assessed and IF it passes then it will be kept for a limited number of days. If it does not pass it will be put down immediately (pets in assessments will often show poor behavior due to the scary environment of the shelter and strangers). The dog will be kept in a cramped, unkempt windblown cage with no blankets or comforts, often without enough food or water, for their entire life. If it is not adopted in the time allotted, it will be put down.
The video below shows the brutal reality of how unwanted pets are killed.
Free to good home: This is the scary truth; you may think you are giving your dog free to a good home when actually you are giving it into the hands of someone who will abuse it. Free-to-good-home dogs also fall into the hands of companies who test products on them, causing harm, torture and death.
Spaying/Neutering: You may think you don't need to get your animal "fixed" but if your dog runs away or gets lost it can easily find a mate and bring several unwanted puppies into our world of overpopulation. If you give your pet away or sell it, the new owner may use your dog to breed. Most often these breeders are back yard breeders that don't know how to breed properly which could result in poor care of your pet and it's young.