Yes, but what would we do with those hundreds? For all the animals that get euthanized in shelters every day, there are just more that come in to replace them. Many areas don't have the resources or the number of people to save those animals. They literally can't save those animals. Even no-kill shelters have to turn down animals from coming in when they don't have the space. Where would those animals go if every shelter was no kill?I agree on the puppy mills any suggestions on adding or modifying the petition would be great. I would also say though alot of these dogs are just puppies and aren't kept around for years in cages. Most the time it's very short. They never even get a chance at life. I see hundreds every day being killed or needing rescued on my news feed and it's heartbreaking. Some thing needs to be done. This is not acceptable policies we have in place.
That is what needs to be solved but you can't tell me that out of millions of pet owners that care we can't get a solution that works. We have to start somewhere and puppy mills is just one of many things that needs to stop.Yes, but what would we do with those hundreds? For all the animals that get euthanized in shelters every day, there are just more that come in to replace them. Many areas don't have the resources or the number of people to save those animals. They literally can't save those animals. Even no-kill shelters have to turn down animals from coming in when they don't have the space. Where would those animals go if every shelter was no kill?
As for legislation to help with the pet overpopulation problem- I think it should definitely be illegal for pet stores to sell puppies and kittens. Except of course animals from 501(c) organizations (shelters and rescues). Maybe that should be the focus.
And what's going to happen to the DOGS while you're "forcing" a solution? Things don't happen overnight. So the dogs that would have been euthed just sit in the shelter, rotting away, mental health deteriorating. Shelters get full so they can't accept more dogs. So any strays, unwanted dogs, neglect cases, ANY new dogs can't be taken by the shelter. What happens to them? Someone can't dump their puppies at the shelter, so they drown them. Someone can't dump off the dog they "can't take" while moving, so they just leave him behind locked in the yard or turn him loose in the woods.The current solution is not a solution. It's sweeping the problem under the rug which has led to complacency. Forcing shelters to no longer kill healthy animals will in turn force or bring about the combined effort to find a better solution if one can not be provided. Sometimes things will never get done unless you put them in a position to get things done, not that's how I want it to be. I just don't see the difference in Johnny down the road killing the neighbor's dog while everyone screams animal cruelty and the shelter a block over killing a dog because they didn't give the animal a Chace to get adopted or using all other means of finding it a home. Their are homes out their, they just don't know about the animal or not being reached effective enough. I don't have all the solutions but the current one is not.
Yes, I think this is a better plan, but still very ambitious. I still don't think we can do the euthanasia law until we really work on reducing the number of dogs in the system (dogs that are relinquished or returned to shelters). I don't think most shelter workers and vets would euthanize if they didn't have to, because these people get into their jobs because they love animals. They're just overwhelmed by the numbers of animals that need shelter and they need to make the space to give all of them a chance (especially if the alternative is abuse or starvation on the streets).So, to rethink all this and do it with others input at the same time this is what I'm thinking. First I think their needs to be a website linked with every single shelter in america. One central site that can show photos and info on every single dog or cat available for adoption in the United States. Under this one central site every rescue and transportation company or charity should be affiliated. This would #1 reach more people if everyone wanting a pet could go to one place a scroll every pet in america. #2 stream line the process of someone wanting a dog out of state. they could then pick out their adoptable pet and have it transported to them all threw one site anywhere in america. Subject to the new animal abuse background check ofcourse. Now that we have established a more direct way for pets to get advertisement this should help with the outflow of pets needing homes.
Next we work on the inflow of pets. Start with either banning puppy mills or at least heavily regulating them and better monitoring. The idea behind the breeders licensing iis so if Joe down the street wants to breed his dog with yours he needs to go get a breeders license and pass the abuse background check. This can #1 create revenue #2 monitor and help track breeding to provide valuable data for future analysis #3 provide a incentive for buyers to report a backyard breeder who cannot show his breeders license by offering a reward for anyone who reports illegal breeding.
The idea behind the euthanasia law is aimed at healthy adoptable puppies and pets. Not pets with mental issues, medical or aggression issues. The keys here are stopping the over breeding, education, spayed and neutering and getting the pets that are health and adoptable marketed better. Stop killing them. I think this is a broken system that stands alot of improvement and it goes to show the hurdles some have to jump just to try and save a dog. Especially if your out of state.
Now help me fill in the holes with ideas to better this.