MuttShack Foundation for Animal Rescue Warns that Almost Twenty-Five Percent of Designer Dogs End Up In Shelers

(PRWEB) June 25, 2005

MuttShack Foundation for Animal Rescue warns that buying a purebred puppy is a commitment for the lifetime of that animal. When a person decides to share their life with an animal, it is also important to understand the pet and human coalition existing in the United States today. Buying a purebred puppy for status, results in thousands of dogs de jour, being euthanized in pounds.

MuttShack Foundation for Animal Rescue warns that the animal community is kicking in their heels on people who objectify animals.

The reason many people want to buy a purebred puppy is not because they love a particular breed, but the idea that owning a purebred conveys some symbol of status on them, or is an exotic enhancement to complement their style. They like to have the designer dog, much like they demand a designer purse or other commodity.

The 101 Dalmatians film created thousands of abandoned dogs when the rage passed. Then came the “Taco Bell” or “Paris Hilton” dogs. An ongoing status symbol is the “Pit Bull” which is considered to convey machismo.

Tragically many purebreds are showing up in the pounds. Even the Breed Rescue Organizations are filled to capacity and no longer able to rescue all the dogs the pound is compelled to euthanize.

According to Craig Brestrup, “Legions of people want to have ‘pets’ at will, to behave responsibly or not toward those animals as it pleases them, to turn them out or to shelters at will, to not feel morally chastened for their dereliction, to have streets cleansed of dead or wandering strays. Wanting to dispose of both their animal and the moral onus for his or her fate.” (Disposable Animals, Ending the Tragedy of Throwaway Pets).

But the public mood is turning to disgust for people who buy and discard animals like commodities. The “I must have a designer breed. Oooops… he’s out of style — I need another one!” attitude is no longer palatable to the Pounds, Rescue Organizations and Animal Volunteers. They are advising pet owners that they can no longer guarantee that they will be able to find a home for their dogs, and bringing them in will result in their death.

When people decide to buy a purebred dog, it should be a decision based on the breed’s characteristics, not the designer label. In looking for a particular breed MuttShack recommends the following steps:

1. Do research online: Read books on the breed, paying special attention to how they will interact with your family and household.

2. Talk to Breed Rescue Centers about problems associated with their breed and find out the key reasons why people decide to give up their dogs. No one has more experience on the breed as the dedicated volunteers and professionals who rescue the purebred dogs when their “put to sleep” notices come up at the pounds.

3. Learn how a typical dog of your chosen breed behaves and whether that is a fit for your lifestyle. Keep in mind how much room your dog will have, how much exercise you plan on providing daily, grooming needs, and the drool and hair and poop pick up factor.

4. Make sure everyone in your family is committed to interact with the dog daily and build a relationship with the dog and then enforce the quality of life for the pet based on healthy and constant social interaction.

5. If your dog is going to be home alone during the day, consider getting two dogs so that they can keep one another company.

6. Give your dog a lifetime guarantee. This means that if you move you are committed to find a new apartment or home that allows dogs, or if you move out of State that you will take your dog with you. People yearly cause the deaths of millions of dogs because they feel they can dump them at the pound like they dump their old garden furniture.

Buying a Purebred Dog

Avoid adding to the pet over-population problem: Start by looking at the pounds online. Twenty-five percent of the dogs in pounds ARE purebreds, and many are puppies. To find a dog in a pound in your neighborhood, go to, type in your area code, locate the shelters in your area and view the photos of the many purebred dogs. There is no greater demonstration of love and greater status than owning a “rescued” dog.

The next option is the Special Breed Rescue Organizations. They frequently rescue purebreds from the pounds on the day of their scheduled euthanasia. They will have truly valuable information and advice about your dog. If they don’t have one, consider waiting. It won’t take long!

Third, and only if there is no other alternative – should you consider adding another puppy to this world. A Google or Yahoo search will find a breeder. A reputable breeder will give you the best chance of a healthy dog with a sound temperament. Irresponsible breeders can over breed their dogs and your purebred puppy may suffer illnesses and congenital diseases. Other breeders are guilty of litter stuffing. Offering puppies from another mother, to be sold under the auspices of their champion or pedigree parents so that they can get more money for the dogs. Visit their facilities and meet their dogs. Look for clean premises and healthy dogs free of parasites.

Before you pick up your puppy, have him microchipped. Bring a collar and ID tag. Changing environments is a dangerous time for a dog. Get a complete veterinary exam within 24. Begin a regiment of heartworm and tick prevention. Choose quality food. Invest in obedience classes if you are not experienced.

Every member of your family should be equally well trained in handling the dog. Dogs can nip and bite when they are playful. (A nip is NOT an attack!) Kids need to learn how to handle the dog as much as the dog learns how to listen to commands. Everyone should be committed to interact with the dog daily and build a relationship with the dog. Enforce the quality of life for the pet based on healthy and constant social interaction. This is where love blossoms.

Many dog problems stem from being alone and bored – chewing, barking, defecating and anxiety. If your family cannot be with the dog 24/7 consider getting two dogs or have playtime with neighbors’ dogs. Set up a buddy system for animal sitting and emergency rescues.

Never desert your dog. Moving, illness, animal behavior problems, etc. should be handled by you. A lot of valuable data is available from online groups. If you cannot handle the problem find a new owner. Don’t under any circumstances take him to the pound. You are the most suitable promoter to find an appropriate new home for him and you are his last chance to live. Since 56% of dogs entering shelters are euthanized, your older dog, depressed with a broken heart will easily be overlooked. A dog is euthanized every nine seconds in the US. (In 2004, 3 to 4 million lost and unwanted dogs and cats were euthanized in American animal shelters, a rate of one animal every nine seconds.)

There are people, rescuers, fosters and angels who are willing to take dogs, whether they are “difficult dogs”, injured, sick or handicapped dogs. Reward them generously when they take in your dog. Go to MuttShack Foundation for Animal Foster and Rescue and join in the Forums to learn more.

Buying a Purebred Puppy is easy. Learning how to LIVE with one FOREVER is the hardest part. You don’t want to become a part of a “killing problem”.

About Muttshack:

Muttshack Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit. MuttShack Foster and Animal Rescue promotes the education and creation of foster homes for abandoned and abused animals.

Muttshackers rescue animals from shelters, and from the streets, rehabilitate and nurture them to health in homes (MuttShacks) and find them quality, permanent new families.

By intervening and rescuing shelter animals about to be put to sleep, MuttShack fostering stops the senseless killing of healthy animals in overcrowded shelters.

Donations Saves Lives. Visit animals online that are in danger of being put to sleep here.

Join us in preventing animals from entering shelters that kill.

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Books to read:

“Man Meets Dog” by Donald McCraig

Lost and Found, Elizabeth Hess

Disposable Animals, Craig Brestrup

The illustrated Veterinary Guide, Pinney

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