Today I'm taking a break from MMGM to talk to you about the plight of abandoned and abused animals. When I was researching for my book Madison Morgan:When Dogs Blog I became painfully aware this problem. So today I wanted to write about some of the things that I've learned.
“His name is not wild dog anymore, but the first friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.” --Rudyard Kipling
1. Shelters are overcrowded.There are 80 million dogs owned in the U.S. alone.
2. Dogs end up in shelters because pet owners don't realize how much responsibility caring for a pet can be.
3. While there are plenty of cases of blatant pet abuse, many times animals suffer because owners either don't understand what's required or don't have the resources to properly care for a pet.
4. Once the puppy becomes a dog, pet owners get frustrated because they don't know how to train their dogs.
5. There are still puppy mills operating around the U.S. and they are now advertising online.
6. Puppy mills are places where dogs are crammed into small cages, forced to have litter after litter and then are thrown away like an old pair of shoes.
These are just a few of the issues. I believe it is our responsibility to care for the animals in our world.
If you're looking for ways that you could get involved check out my July 15th post. Be sure to check out all the other bloggers that are participating.