Posted by | Mar 7, 2011 | No Comments

Every day in America nearly 10,000 dogs and cats are destroyed for lack of a home.  Healthy animals killed because no one will make them a part of their family.  Every day.  Dogs and cats in the United States are routinely destroyed by lethal injection, gassing and heartsticking.

My Pledge to Dogs is about ending this horrific practice.  It’s about understanding the problem and ending it at it’s base.  It’s about responsibility.  We need to understand the consequence of our action and take responsibility.  It’s not a legislation.  It’s about changing our mindset.  It’s about changing the way we behave.

Back in the 1960′s there was a famous commercial about littering.  It ended with the Indian standing there with a tear in his eye.  We for the most part, quit littering.  We are responsible with fire in the forest because of Smokey the Bear.  We recycle.  Now it’s time we quit killing pets because we don’t know any better.  It’s time we know better and do better for our companion animals.  It’s time we set the benchmark for pet ownership in America.  It is time we acted like the proud nation we say we are.  It’s time.

The myth up until now was that it was the fault of the breeders that there were so many unwanted pets in the United States.  The truth is that only 25 percent of the dogs and cats in US shelters are purebred.  Even fewer come from reputable breeders.  The rest are the result of irresponsible pet ownership.  Legitimate breeders are not breeding border collie German Shepherd mix.  That is a result of a lack of understanding and compassion.  Consider the following from Spay USA:

Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions in the United States. Cats are 45 times as prolific, and dogs 15 times as prolific, as humans.They do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are good homes for them all.

Consider this.  What would the shelter and rescue world be like if the only breedings that occured were carefully planned by reputable breeders who pledged that in the event the pet couldn’t stay where they were placed they would take back the pet and rehome it?  What would the shelter and rescue world be like if people refused to purchase pets that did not have a contract with that clause?  What would happen if everyone spayed and neutered their pets?  What would happen if we all did the right thing for our pets without being told to by the Government?  Who would we be?

The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.

What would it look like to save 2 billion dollars by simply acting responsibly?  We ask our Government to behave responsibly, why shouldn’t we hold ourselves to the same standard?  By not behaving responsibly with our companion animals we are asking the Government to clean up our mess.

That’s why I created My Pledge to Dogs.  There are two Pledges on this website.  Pet Owners can come here and pledge to only get their pets from legitimate breeders, rescues or shelters.  They can pledge that they will only purchase a pet that has been microchipped or tattooed with the breeder’s information.  They can pledge to keep the animal safe and be a responsible owner.  They pledge that they will take responsibility for the animal for the animal’s entire life.  They pledge to train their dogs and to not allow any animal to be abused.  They will pledge to never chain their dog.  They will pledge to spay and neuter their pets.  They will pledge to keep their pets confined to their yards or in their personal control and to not let them roam the neighborhood or countryside.  They will pledge to get their pet proper veterinary care and keep them properly fed.

Responsible Breeders will pledge to only breed for the betterment of their breed not profit.  They pledge to practice responsible animal husbandry.  They pledge to keep their intact animals safe and confined.  They pledge to microchip or tattoo every animal they produce.  They pledge to take back every animal they place if circumstances change and the owner is no longer able to care for the pet, no matter where that animal ends up.  They pledge to re-home those animals unless it is determined that the pet has a catastrophic temprament issue.  They pledge to work towards the elimination of diseases inherent to their breed.  They pledge to never breed more than they can rehome at any time.

Together, with the power of knowledge and understanding, we can end this scourge.  Are you ready to pledge?

Breeders Pledge Here

Owners Pledge Here

Let’s do this!

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