SIX COMMON EXCUSES
1. My pet will get fat and lazy. Pets
that become fat and lazy after being altered usually are overfed and under exercised.
2. We want another pet just like
Rover and Fluffy. You will rarely
succeed in replicating the characteristics of a particular animal. Too many
animals need homes to justify breeding for purely selfish reasons.
My pet's personality will change. Any
change will be for the better. After alteration, pets become less aggressive
towards other animals and less likely to wander. They also are less likely to
mark their territory in undesirable areas, such as inside your house.
4. We can sell puppies or kittens
to make money. Even professional
breeders are lucky to break even by breeding purebreds. It is unconscionable
to bring animals into an already severely overpopulated world. Any animal you
find a home for will cause another to be euthanized.
can see the
miracle of birth
they also see
the tragic results.
Take them to
visit a shelter.
I am concerned about my pet being anesthetized.
Anesthetics used today are very safe. The medical benefits of having your
pet altered far outweigh the slight risk of the anesthesia. Discuss your
concerns with your vet.
Don't Breed Your Purebred Animal
AFV board member
Pick up the classified
section of almost any newspaper and you will see columns and columns of dogs and
cats for sale. Many people cannot resist the temptation to breed their purebred
animals. Some feel that, because their pet is purebred, they have some sort of
obligation to breed him. Others think it is a way to make "easy" money.
(Most breeders will tell you that breeding is not an easy road to
riches!) Others want to see what Blackie or Fluffy's puppies or kittens will "look
like." One lady I met at one of our adoption shows told me that her daughter
talked her into letting the family cat have kittens because it would be a "fun"
experience. After the kittens became old enough to be weaned, however, the lady
wanted to turn the kittens in to AFV with my assurance that they "would not
be put to sleep." The experience obviously did not turn out to be "fun"
for the litter of kittens, nor for the kittens euthanized as a result of this
family's irresponsible breeding.
as many as 30 per cent of animals in shelters are purebred, there is no need for
anybody to breed his purebred pet. For every dog or cat born to animals whose
guardians allow them to breed, a dog or cat in a shelter is euthanized, resulting
in the deaths of millions of perfectly adoptable animals every year. Enjoy your
pet, love him, spoil him; but, please, do not cause the death of other innocent
animals by breeding yours.
a few purebred animals who have been given up to AFV.