Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Taking It To The Shelters
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
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!
Posted by Dana Orsborn