As a follow up to the vlog…
Hope you’ve had a wonderful birthday, Twinner! Guys, my Twinner started a tumblr – Stuff Kel Likes – and you all need to go check it out and admire her wonderful taste in art, fashion, and home decor. Love you, Twinner! And Sophie sends her love to Pearl, of course.
Now- onto the supplementary material from my rant.
Some rescue links (aka pug rescues I love, and Petfinder):
If you are interested in a specific breed of dog, simply google your state or metro area with the word rescue. I found KPR by googling “Indiana pug rescue.” If you aren’t leaning towards a specific breed, you should look into area shelters, or your local Humane Society.
Educate yourself about puppy mills. Start with the Wikipedia page. I thought about adding pictures but it was too much. Remind yourself that these puppy mill dogs go DIRECTLY to pet stores. Also, it’s not a coincidence that the highest concentration of puppy mills in one place is Lancaster, PA. While I have no issue with 99% of the Amish lifestyle, their puppy mills are a huge detriment to animal rights. This article sums it up pretty well. Often times they will shoot the animals instead of getting rid of the dogs they are “done with” in a humane way, like surrendering them, or even having a vet euthanize them if absolutely necessary. Puppy mills aren’t well regulated and often times, the Amish will fight AGAINST legislation to make them more humane. Amish people crowded downtown Indianapolis in 2009 over this. They ended up passing just small parts of the legislation. Including one that is important to me, that commercial dog breeders would be prohibited from housing dogs in a cages containing a wire floor unless there is some way the dogs can be off the wire floor. My pug Sophie has nerve damage to her paws – and hates walking on grass, or gravel – because she lived her first few years standing on the wire floor of her cage before that regulation passed.
Anyway, I hope you all know now how easy it is to help rescues if you are interested. You can help in ways besides adopting too, everything from buying stuff like magazines to fostering, like Hannah! I really hope that I made you all think a little about dog rescue!
Don’t forget to check out VOTMC for April’s prompt, it will go up April 1! I promise to do it early next time!