Originally Posted by ckblv
Please do not minimize the death of millions of cats and dogs every single year, year in and year out.
I'm not minimizing it at all. I think it's terrible that even ONE adoptable pet is killed. But responsible breeders are not to blame.
And what I mean by a "mentally ill" dog is one who cannot be left alone for 30seconds without injuring itself (severe Separation Anxiety), or a dog that wants to kill any human it sees without provocation. Of course I think a dog should be professionally evaluated before being euthanized, but, yes, some dogs are mentally ill, just as some humans are, but there are no mental hospitals for severely mentally ill dogs, so euthanization is necessary in those cases.
1997 was a LONG time ago. A lot can change in 12 years. A lot HAS changed in 12 years, mainly due to better low-cost spay/neuter programs and awareness campaigns. Here's right from the HSUS website---last year the total euthanization numbers were down to 3-4 million: http://www.hsus.org/pets/issues_affe...estimates.html
Still too many, but much better than it used to be. Of course, that isn't the whole picture, because shelters are poorly regulated and some don't report their numbers. But it's still an improvement. The guess of only one million dogs is based on the usual ratio of 1 euthanized dog per 3 euthanized cats, as is most commonly reported in shelters.
I just don't think anyone should bash on good breeders. They aren't part of the problem. Bash on the puppymills and bad breeders all you want.
I still consider the Obama's dog to be sort of a rescue. If his breeder wasn't such a good breeder, responsible enough to take him back, he would have ended up at a shelter. Just because he skipped a step is no reason to get all upset.
I also don't think that it would have been so much better if he had adopted from a shelter. I don't think millions of good responsible people would have run right out and adopted a dog from their local shelter. Instead, I think it's more likely that the shelters would have been flooded with calls/visits from irresponsible dopes, who demand to adopt a dog just like the President's dog
RIGHT NOW, for free! And, if PWDs become more popular with the BYBs/puppymills (PWD breeders are protective of their dogs and the breed club is very strict, hopefully very few BYBs will manage to acquire an unaltered PWD), then whatever breed/mix he would have adopted from the shelter would have suffered from the same phenomenon.
I am VERY glad he didn't get a Lab/Poodle mix (ugh, I hate the made-up name. It just sounds WRONG)!!! Even if he had gotten one from a shelter, their popularity would have taken off, the puppymills would have thrown celebrations, and it would have been a disaster. Labs and Poodles are both very active dogs, and most people aren't prepared for that level of activity. And first-generation mixes are very unpredictable in both temperment and coat quality, so there's no guarantee they would have ended up with a calm non-shedder.