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Pet stores seem to be on the way out. Just 10 years ago, almost every town had at least one (or more) of these shops, but today, that number is thankfully declining. Still, a large majority of dogs do not come from shelters.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, around 83.3 million dogs are companions in U.S. homes, but only 20 percent of them were adopted from animal shelters.
There is something terribly wrong with this number, especially when you factor in this heartbreaking statistic – that 5,500 healthy and adoptable dogs die every day in shelters across the U.S.
This stat is even higher for certain types of dogs, like pit bulls, whose euthanasia rate is staggeringly high at 93 percent, with 80 percent dying before their second birthday.
We need to erase these statistics and ensure that the animals we call “man’s best friend” (and truly, woman’s best friend as well), are consistently held up to this standard and receive the protection they deserve (and as we know, this goes for other animals too, Green Monsters).
One of the many organizations combating pet store puppies and the proliferation of puppy mills is the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Its campaign, “No Pet Store Puppies,” wants us to know the REAL cost of that dog in the shop window.
Curious? Just hit play on the video below. After, be sure to head on over to the campaign website to take the pledge to protect puppies and dogs, and to learn more about what you can do to end puppy mills. And above all, remember: #AdoptDontShop.
Image source: ASPCA / Fast Co.Create