Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Taking It To The Shelters


Hi Everyone!

I hope your week is going well.
I wanted to share some photos of Penny I came across
this week, but my scanner took a poo. Looking at her
sexy pug face never gets old, and I will be sure
to post them this weekend.

I have been pretty busy this week. A few days ago, I took a
ride to a couple of the Las Vegas animal shelters. I had seen
a puggle on the Nevada SPCA web page, and this ignited my
curiosity. I wanted to see if I could go and meet her.
Turns out, she wasn't there. I think she was at her
foster home, but going to the shelter really opened
my eyes to a lot of things. The biggest eye opener,
was the overwhelming number of animals at these
two shelters alone. The overpopulation here in
Las Vegas is shocking. I had heard about it,
but I had never seen it.

After I went to the SPCA, I took a ride over to The
Animal Foundation. Corridor by corridor, my brother and
I walked passed hundreds of dogs. Small and big, excited
and calm, they were all hoping we would be the ones to
take them home. This place was different from the
last. They were rowdy and full of life at the
previous shelter. Here, they seemed to know
their fate.

It was difficult to look so many dogs in the eyes, and know
their days were numbered. To know that not long ago, I had
to make the difficult decision to send Penny to the
Rainbow Bridge because her body was shutting down.
These dogs would be put down, simply because
their humans didn't want them. The large
smoke stained cremation tower, situated
adjacent to the adoption center, was a
stark reminder of the reality
of it all.

I think a lot of people seeking an animal choose not to go
to the shelters because they will see the truth. The truth can be
depressing. Perhaps they only want a puppy, and think the
shelters and rescues don't have puppies. But, if you do
go, and you can save just one, that is the one that
may not have stood a chance otherwise. And that
one, will thank you for the rest if its life
with the unconditional love he or she
will give you.

People have asked me since Penny's passing, what my reasoning
is, as to why I don't want to go through a breeder and get a
puppy. Why would I go through the paperwork of a shelter
or rescue, when I could get a pug right away
through a breeder.

I got Penny as a puppy, and I think pug puppies are the most
adorable sexy creatures on earth, but the people in my
neighborhood sell puppies claiming they got them from
reputable breeders, when they really got them from a
puppy mill. I have seen first hand how ill some of
these animals are. The animal stores around here
seem to be struggling. People are starting to
see that getting an animal from a store,
that buys from a puppy mill,
is not Ok.

Their stores may be closing, But they are taking their
puppies to the street. You don't have to go far in my
neighborhood to see this. Just go a few block over to
the grocery store. You will find men and children
holding all breeds of puppies, trying to sell
them to exiting customers.

I passed one guy outside the store holding a small
golden retriever puppy, and I politely let him know
how disgusting I thought he was for exploiting
a puppy for money.

I encourage anyone else that wants to adopt, to check
the local shelters and rescues. Now, more than ever, there
is a need for people to open their hearts and homes to these
animals. There are so many, and the shelters and rescues
have limited space for these sexy animals.

I also want to give a shout out to Anakin,
who is having some medical issues right now, and let him
and his family know that I am sending sexy vibes his way.
Feel better soon!

12 comments:

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi dana!
You are so caring and so articulate.

The shelter doggies are so lucky to have you speak for them.

Any doggy you do bring home is the luckiest one in the world!

I love your new painting!!!

xoxox
m & e

Punchbugpug said...

Dana! Such a great post. Some people just don't GET it! We see it day after day after day! Those puppymill aka backyard breeders are a sneaky bunch....and we all know how cute puppies are. If everyone would just understand the "state of puppy" only last a few months! Good luck with your sexy Pug search!

Pearl said...

Such a great post, Dana. I couldn't agree with you more.

If I had my way, I would just geta huge house or ranch and rescue animals all day long!

I can't wait to see which lucky animal ends up capturing your heart. Penny would be so proud of the advocate you are for animals.

xoxo
Pearl

Salinger The Pug said...

Preach it sister!!!!

We can't wait to hear more about your search and meet your new sexy friend when the time is right!!!

(((((HUGS)))))

Love,
S-Dog and Laura

Sequoia & Petunia said...

You are so right in so many ways Dana. I loved my puppy Sequoia and met her parents and knew she was ligit. But after taking in Tuni I can never buy another animal...knowing how many homeless ones are out there. We are so proud og you saying something to the puppymill guy. Just be safe!

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

So true!!! People make to many assumptions about shelters and shelter dogs. They don't want to take the time to look and find the a dog that could be perfect for them. In our society of instant gratification, people want things now. They don't want to be patient and fill out the paperwork and take their time. So glad you are speaking out and helping to shine a light on these poor babies!!!

~Hugs~

Jess & Lilo

Christine said...

Great post. I hope you find a new love from one of the shelters to take home.

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Dana~

You have such a good heart! If anyone is deserving of a rescue or a shelter baby it is you!

I agree with you and you post had a wealth of information ~ thank you

Thank you for Including Anakin in you post as well. That was very sweet and my heart is always with you~

~Katy

Hank said...

"I passed one guy outside the store holding a small
golden retriever puppy, and I politely let him know
how disgusting I thought he was for exploiting
a puppy for money."

Good for YOU, girlfriend!

Lick ya later!

Molly

Anonymous said...

Dana, have you tried the Pug Rescue? There are several available for adoption. I am fostering one right now. She's such a sweetheart!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Dana
You Rock
What a spokes person you are for speaking out about those who cannot speak for themselves.
Thank you for speaking what your eyes saw-
Pearl is right- Penny would be proud of you for speaking- thanks for speaking for her!

love
tweedles

Page said...

It's so so SO true!! I got Winston, my first pug, from a home breeder 'cause I thought that was the best way to go. Although I love him to death, after I did more research on getting dogs I realized rescues are the way to go. Sela, my second pug is from Florida Pug Rescue and from now on I'll always go through rescues or shelters! It's such a blessing to save a little soul. And I tell people all the time if they are looking for a specific breed to FIRST check their local shelters and then do so internet research and find a rescue group because there are so many out there!!