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Speak Out For Animals in Shelters

In November, President-elect Obama promised caring Americans that he would adopt a needy dog from a shelter or a rescue group. Vice President-elect Joe Biden evidently had no intention of following his lead; Biden just purchased a German shepherd puppy from a Pennsylvania breeder.

By doing so, he has essentially sentenced a homeless dog to death. Nearly 8 million animals—both mixed breeds and purebreds—enter U.S. shelters every year. Between 3 and 4 million of them must be euthanized simply because there aren’t enough homes—or even cages—for them all. Every time someone purchases an animal from a breeder or a pet store, animals waiting in shelters or roaming the streets lose a chance at a home.

Animals like Muffin, the treasured terrier mix my family adopted from a Baltimore pound; Jake, my sweet Brittany spaniel who was found wandering the streets of New Jersey—with a BB lodged in his leg—and put up for adoption by a breed rescue group; and Carly, my darling little diva, who was saved from a laboratory by a kind-hearted soul. These dogs didn’t come with “papers”; they came with unconditional love, loyalty and a genuine zest for life. With so many friendly, lovable dogs in shelters, on the streets, and in abusive situations, it’s hard to comprehend why some people still buy animals from pet stores or breeders.

To remind residents of Biden’s home state that buying from a breeder kills a homeless dog’s chance of being adopted, PETA is airing a “Buy One, Get One Killed” ad on TV stations in the Wilmington, Pa., area.

Anyone who has the time, space, money, and patience it takes to care for an animal should go to a shelter, visit and, or contact a reputable breed rescue group. As Oprah Winfrey, who did an exposé on puppy mills in April, said, “You can find any kind of dog you want, any age you want, at a shelter or rescue.”

Animals should always be spayed or neutered to combat overpopulation and certain health and behavioral problems. Spaying one female dog can prevent 67,000 births in six years, and spaying one female cat can prevent 420,000 births in seven years. Spaying reduces the discomfort females feel during heat periods, eliminates the risk of uterine cancer, and reduces the chance of mammary cancer. Neutering makes males much less likely to roam or fight, and helps prevent prostate and testicular cancer.

Please don’t let Biden’s bad decision dash your hopes for a more humane administration. Just by promising to adopt a dog, Obama has attracted nationwide attention to the plight of homeless animals. We must keep that momentum rolling and continue to spread the word about animal overpopulation. It will take a lot of work, but we can do it. Yes we can.

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12:32AM PST on Mar 5, 2009

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8:53PM PST on Dec 31, 2008

I am feeling optimisitc about the future of Animal rights here and abroad. More and more of us are speaking our mind, and laws are getting enforced and abusers are beginning to pay the price. Obama has alot on his plate, I hope he handles stress well, with the middle east and the war I do not envy him. Yet I feel hopeful that Animals and those of who who stand for the voicelss will start to see real change in this area. One of my dreams is to have my own Animal Retreat, and I pray that in the next couple of years that my dream sees fruition. I will envision the capitol and support and the right time and place it will happen. Thank you to all the Sanctuaries and Rescues out there doing the work for our Kindred Spirits who rely on our voice and action on their behalf.

2:36PM PST on Dec 27, 2008

What would you think of rallying the Governments, to put a pause into breeding? Say two years for starters nobody is allowed to breed, dogs, cats and horses. Lets see if we could get the number of pets down in the shelters. I don't understand why Governments let breeders and puppy mills and horse breeders breed non-stop and have all the shelters full of unwanted animals. WHERE IS THE SENSE IN ALL THAT? PAUSE BREEDING FOR A FEW YEARS. STOP MAKING PROFITS OUT OF INNOCENT LIVES.


10:10PM PST on Dec 17, 2008

I want a pet sooo much,and as soon as i can im going to a shelter.They've obviously been through alot and are in most need of love...definately agree to give it

6:23PM PST on Dec 17, 2008

I don't own a dog, I volunteer at our local shelter 9 days a month. We need money, we need space, we need people to stop breeding more puppies and kittens. More than anything we need a couple hours of your time. it's more fulfilling than you can imagine.

9:57AM PST on Dec 17, 2008

They are like abandoned or abused children. God put them here before Man so that we could care for them, adopting is saving a life.

8:23AM PST on Dec 17, 2008

I agree,they are like children that need homes and love to be happy. As long as I can remember my mother would go to shelters to adopt kitties.

4:33AM PST on Dec 17, 2008

Please visit this site:

They need all your help!! Adopt a doggy!!

3:14AM PST on Dec 17, 2008

My partner and I here in Germany have rescued all 3 of our critters (2 cats, A Thai and a house cat and one Poodle) from Tierheims or shelters. They are just the best, Sammy (Poodle), Nym (Thai or Apple headed Seal Point Siamese) and Lio our House kitten!

There is just no better way to do it! And they are the best companions!

And people are right, there are hypo-allergenic dogs at the shelters! Or breed rescues!

1:58PM PST on Dec 16, 2008

You can help let President-Elect Obama know that there are plenty of hypoallergenic dogs in need of loving homes in America's animal shelters and rescues here:

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