While a number of U.S. residents already opt to adopt rather than shop for their feline and canine companions, a large majority still choose to go for the breeder-bred animal, whether full bred or a designer mix.
This demand is what fuels the growth of cruel puppy mill operations, which pump out puppy after puppy, many with medical problems, simply for profit.
The tragedy is that there are millions of homeless dogs and cats in the U.S. with millions euthanized every single year. So the question remains: why are we producing more dogs and cats when there are already so many wonderful animals in desperate need of homes?
Let’s dig in to some of the cold, hard facts on pet homelessness, shall we?