The ‘adopt, don’t shop’ phrase has taken off as a key tag line you will hear in most rescue charities, and whilst it certainly is catchy and memorable, does it really explain the importance of rescue and why it is so imperative to support dogs in shelter? We have to say, much like our naughty pups at home, the second you hear “don’t”, boy, does it make you want to do whatever they are advising against. So, before we get on to the specifics of rescuing a street dog, we’d like to take the opportunity to discuss why you should consider adopting, over shopping.
Unfortunately, since the high demand of puppies during Covid19, there has been a staggering boom in the level of puppy mills and backyard breeders, both of which have devised incredibly clever ways of hiding their true origins and appearing as above-the-board, responsible breeders. Whilst getting a puppy out of this situation is certainly a tick in our box, unfortunately, buying into these processes only serves to fuel their fire and continue to over-breed, mistreat and even in plenty of cases, cause fatalities. This is especially important to consider when we add in the effects of maternal stress from mother dogs in these environments. We will go on to explain how this affects puppies of all backgrounds below.
There are predicted to be 300 million stray dogs living around the world, and this does not include dogs currently living in shelters! These animals’ experiences fear, mistreatment, abuse and malnutrition, sometimes on a daily basis, and shockingly, so many of them are still puppies themselves.
An issue that we rarely hear of is the appalling number of dogs around the world who are euthanised on a daily basis. Whilst this can be argued to be due to medical concerns, breed bias, or behavioural challenges, we can not ignore the fact that it is also due to the much lower demand of rescues in comparison to puppies. The number of dogs being euthanised globally every single day could be drastically reduced if the demand for them showed a significant increase.
There are so many more reasons for adopting over buying, and countless wonderful charities working towards the same goal for the helpless dogs already living in our world. We will never stop the puppy trade, but all we can ask is, if you do shop, please consider rescuing first, and if your mind is set, please do so responsibly.