…just think how many lives we could save by being responsible pet owners?

Puppies in trashcans. Now usually this is the LAST place one expects to find a puppy, but lately it would seem that more and more innocent pups are being discarded like garbage. For those of you who doubt that anyone would throw away an innocent pup, think again! We KNOW this happens, after all one of our own dogs was found in a trashcan 2 years ago this coming May! There was nothing wrong with her, she was a completely healthy 6 week old puppy, yet someone saw fit to discard her and two of her siblings in trash cans. There may have been more of them, but we only found the three.

This past week alone we have posted two stories of discarded pups, and for every one of these stories we hear about, there are three or four more that we don’t hear about. What is it that makes people think they can discard an innocent living being and leave it to die? We really aren’t sure, but we find it to be a very disturbing trend.

There is a very simple solution for avoiding unwanted litters and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out! I mean seriously, haven’t we in animal rescue been encouraging you for years to have your animals fixed? Do you think we do so simply to line the pockets of veterinarians? Be reasonable, we tell you to spay and neuter your pets so puppies will stop ending up in garbage cans, and so shelters are not over run with companion animals no one wants. These are not the only reasons for spaying or neutering, but they are damned good ones in my book!

Okay so I know that spaying and neutering your pet isn’t going to suddenly stop unwanted pregnancies worldwide, but it WILL stop YOUR pet from adding to the overpopulation problem. We will still have to combat puppy mills and bad breeders, but just think how many lives we could save by being responsible pet owners?

Oh and while we are on the subject, you DO know that having your pet fixed at the age of six months goes a long way towards preventing reproductive cancers don’t you? You DO want your pet to have the longest life possible right?

Not convinced yet? Check out our handy-and persuasive-list of the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet!

  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

  3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house!

  4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

  7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

  9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children-especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.

  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

If you are still not convinced then you need a stuffed animal, not a living breathing pet! Jus’ sayin’!

Until Next Time Remember!

WE ARE THEIR VOICE!

Everydogsmom

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Gay dog? Are you serious?

Please enjoy the newest edition of the “Everything Worth Knowing Rescue News” we will be bringing you this video blog twice a week from now on. Hope you enjoy it!

Until Next Time Remember

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD!

Everydogsmom

Law Enforcement Stop Killing Our Innocent Family Pets!

Yes, your pet’s offspring could be shelter animals…Spay/Neuter is the way to go!

Is your pet fixed? All of mine are!

I have seen many a male dog owner refuse to have their male dog neutered believing it will make their dog “less male.” Owners of female dogs will tell you it is unnecessary to have their dog fixed because “we don’t let unfixed males anywhere near her.”  When it comes to excuses for why a pet is not fixed I have heard them all!

Let’s look at some of the excuses I have been handed over the years and dispel the myths.

1.) We can’t afford to spend that much money on the dog.

Okay, I have a couple of problems with this one:

A) Low cost spay and neuter clinics exist in just about every community these days, and while there may be a bit of a wait to get your pet into surgery, the cost is far below what the average vet will charge you for the same surgery.

B) What the hell do you mean you can’t afford it? Spay and neuter surgery is an expense that should be factored into the decision to bring an animal into your home. It is part of the cost of properly maintaining your animals health.

2.) Our dog never leaves the house without us, and we don’t let male dogs anywhere near her!

Again, I have a couple of problems with this one as well:

A) So what you are saying is you will never leave your dog out in the yard alone even for a minute? Your dog will NEVER accidentally escape your yard? A stray dog will NEVER accidentally enter your yard? You are leaving an awful lot to chance don’t you think?

B) Are you aware that dogs who are spayed/neutered stand less chance of developing reproductive cancers? Avoiding unwanted pregnancy is NOT the only reason to have your dog fixed.

3) We want her to have a litter before we have her fixed so she doesn’t lose her protective instincts and our children can see the miracle of birth.

A) The idea that female dogs must have a litter before being fixed or will lose their protective instincts is a myth. It has no basis in medical fact. There is little to no change in personality or instincts when a dog is fixed.

B) If you want to show your children the miracle of birth rent a DVD. Have you given a single thought to what will happen to the puppies from the litter you bred as an educational moment for your kids? Where will they go? Can you guarantee they will all have great homes for life?

4) Our dog is male there is no danger he will have puppies so fixing him is not necessary.

A) What about your neighbors unfixed female? What happens when Fido escapes the yard to get to her because she is in heat? Not your problem you say? Then you have no business owning a dog!

B) What about the fact that having your dog fixed could prolong his life? Animals that have been spayed or neutered stand less chance of developing reproductive cancers.

5) It is against our religion.

A) I am all for religious freedom, but this is ridiculous! Your dog does not believe in your religious beliefs. Refusing to have him/her spayed or neutered because of what YOUR church tells you is acceptable for human believers is a little nuts in my humble opinion. (Yeah, I know I will probably catch flack for that one but whatever!)

B) I am pretty sure God doesn’t want your dog producing litter after litter in his honor.

These are just a few of the regular excuses people trot out for not having their pets fixed, there are many more. My point here is this, if you are going to call yourself a responsible dog owner, then take the responsibility for seeing that your dog is not adding to the pet overpopulation problem by having them spayed or neutered.

Yes, your pet’s offspring could be shelter animals

People believe that their pet’s puppies or kittens will never become homeless shelter animals. But the reality is that every time the dog finds his way under the fence to visit the neighbor’s female dog, or the indoor/outdoor cat comes back home pregnant again, the result is a litter of dogs or cats. Even if they are placed into homes, it is still possible for them to end up in shelters once they become “hard to handle,” or for them to reproduce further and for the next generation of puppies or kittens to wind up homeless.

Let’s avoid that unhappy circumstance by having our pets spayed or neutered. It’s healthier for everyone involved!

Until Next Time Remember,

A Spayed/Neutered pet is a happy pet!

Everydogsmom

An Open Letter to Miss Universe Canada; Sahar Biniaz

Sahar,

My name is Janette Hamilton, and I live in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. I am a freelance photo-journalist, and I run my own media company, and I own a dog the Ontario government considers “significantly similar” to a “pit bull”. I have been active in the rescue of animals, dogs in particular, for over twenty years. I have spent the past twelve of those years rehabilitating and training difficult dogs, and what are known as “bully breeds,” to be civil members of canine society before they are adopted out to loving homes. I too have been bitten by dogs, and I understand that it can be a traumatic experience. I can sympathize with anyone who has been bitten by a dog. I am sorry that you had to have that experience.

That having been said, knowing what I know about canine behavior, I can not in all good conscience, allow your support of a breed ban in British Columbia to stand without first attempting to educate you. I think perhaps I may be able to help you understand that whether you realize it or not breed bans do not work. The only thing that can prevent a person from getting bitten by a dog, is a proper knowledge and understanding of dogs.

I suspect strongly Ms. Biniaz, that you have a fear of dogs, but I don’t think the origin of your fear is the bite you received as a young girl. I think you were fearful of dogs before that point, and while you may not realize it, provoked the bite yourself BECAUSE of that fear. The truth of the matter is, if I am right in my suspicions, ANY improperly handled dog in the same circumstances would have reacted in the same manner. Breed had nothing to do with it.

It is clear that the dog’s owner was not in care and control of his/her pet at the time the bite took place. From what I understand this was your family pet, but please correct me if I am wrong. My point here is, it is obvious that no one was “minding the store” when you were bitten. By that I mean simply that no one was watching the animal for signs of possible aggression. Even when a dog is trained it must be “maintained.” The average person, simply does not understand this. Responsible dog owners do, and we “maintain” our dog’s because it is our duty as dog owners to ensure our dogs do no harm.

To put it in perspective let me explain it this way. Most people would not go out into the jungle and kidnap a lion cub and turn it into a pet. (Well, no one in their right mind would anyway, there are a few idiots in every bunch.) Why? Because it is an animal that is capable of killing someone with ease. They are kept in zoos and handled by people who have studied them and understand the dangers and know how to avoid them. Licensed Zoo keepers, educated animal trainers. We do the same with wild wolves, the descendants of today’s modern dog.

Does it not stand to reason, that we should also require a person to have some education and knowledge of the animal they choose to bring into their home? Does it not also follow, that because we CHOOSE to do so, we should be held responsible for that animal and the impact it could possibly have on the lives of others? Responsible dog owners think so, and we are asking our government to do the same.

What I am asking of YOU Sahar, is that you weigh the situation properly by talking to the people that know these dogs best. The people qualified to tell you the truth of the matter in their expert opinion.

I understand that Cesar Milan has extended an invitation to you to visit his pack. I sincerely hope you take him up on the offer. I wish now to extend a similar offer. Visit with me here in Ontario, the land of BSL. Meet Niki (my “significantly similar” dog) and her pack. Sit down with me and let me walk you through the myriad of reasons why breed bans don’t work. Allow me to help you make an informed decision on the correct course of action our provincial government’s should be taking on the dangerous dog issue. I would be happy to do so!

Don’t DISCRIMINATE against these dogs, EDUCATE yourself on the issue of dog bites and dangerous dgs. Learn what BSL really means and what it will bring if allowed to be brought to legislation in British Columbia. Make a fully informed decision, or step down and give up your crown.

Sincerely,

Janette Hamilton

Barrie, Ontario