Pet ownership is at an all time high and more and more, people are turning to rescue and adoption.
Today more than ever, people are saying: “I rescued him” or “I adopted her”….but what does that mean?
The Animal Rescue Industry is booming and the business of rescue has become big business.
People from all walks of life are entering the Rescue Business with the promise of being hailed heroes and receiving big money coming in from donations.
But, rescues all across the nation are running into a huge problem, A big shortage of adoptable dog and puppies.
Thats right, the United States rescue groups can’t keep up with the public’s demand for adoptable puppies and dogs.
Animal Rights group claim that there is an over population of dogs, so how can there be a shortage?
Based upon the numbers and statistics, shelters and rescues cannot keep up with the demand for adoptable pets.
The demand for dogs in this country is between 7-8 million annually.
If we were to save ALL of the dogs put down in shelters across the country each year, estimated to be approximately 1.2 million, there would still be a need for 6-7 million more, EACH year!
It is estimated that USDA licensed breeders only produce about a 250,000 puppies a year.
So where do all of these rescue dogs come from?
Rescues are in a tight spot. They could simply close their doors and cease to exist, but instead, they are searching far and wide to obtain “new product for their shelves”.
Many dogs are recycled through the rescue system within the United States, moved from state to state, ensuring that searching owners will never find their beloved pets. Rescues count on natural disasters so they can publicize the rounding up of lost dogs and rather than trying to reunite them with their displaced owners, they transport them into other states, sometimes hundreds of miles away from their homes so they can be adopted out as a rescue. The most recent example of this is the flooding in West Virginia, the devastation was horrible and rescues from all over the country saw an opportunity to fill their cages.
But many rescues have turned to other sources for their growing need to stay in business.
Many rescues have been going to dog auctions for many years and buying dogs, many of them pregnant so they can turn one dog into an entire litter, becoming breeders themselves. Then the rescues beg for more and more donation dollars to go and “save more dogs”.
Many rescues simply purchase puppies directly from breeders, quietly and regularly, and charge steep adoption fees to recover the wholesale costs of purchasing the puppies and to keep up with the demand for the public to get their fix of “rescuing” but still desiring a puppy to raise rather than an adult dog with potential issues.
Many rescues are importing dogs into this country by the hundreds of thousands annually, with sad stories to encourage large donation dollars, and to hide the fact that for each dog imported, a local homeless dog is denied its chance for adoption.
Rescues call these dogs Meximutts, meat market dogs, or puppy mill rescues, to tug at the heartstrings of the public and to give the illusion of the rescue being the “heroes” that save them from a horrible fate, all the while, asking for more and more donations to continue.
In fact, Rescues buy dogs from breeders all over the world, importing them, and reselling them, and calling it rescue.
This is called RETAIL RESCUE and it is a SCAM!
They are NOT heroes, they are scammers.
So, what can the public do to avoid dealing with these shady type of rescues and adopt a dog in need from a reputable source?
Research. Ask questions. Visit the location of the rescue and see the conditions where the dogs live. Ask to see their annual 990 forms.
If anything doesn’t look or sound right, take pictures or videos of the living conditions, of any documentation, and then contact the local authorities and media to investigate.
Don’t fall for the sob story. Donate locally, adopt locally, and do NOT support retail rescue!