My dog Jasmin was the inspiration for this website, so a big thanks to her for her crazy ways.
Thanks also to the rescue organisation who saved Jasmin; they snatched her from death when she was just one sleep away from a lethal injection.
Thanks to vets Dr Marc Simpson and Dr Andrew Herron, both of VetMed. To Marc for encouraging me to create a resource like this, and to Andrew for patiently answering my long list of questions.
Thanks also to Dr Efy Alexandratos, who answered the queries I had pertaining to humans.
Thanks to my partner, John Chaplin, for helping me with research, and for his support, patience, and belief in my abilities.
An extra-special thanks goes to all of my dogs - Jake, the late Jordan, and Jasmin - who’ve filled my life with love, laughter, and learning.
And, in fact, thanks to all dogkind. As far as I'm concerned, the greatest teachers of all stand on four legs and, even though they can’t say much, they’ll teach you everything you need to know about life.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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