That's adoptable animals, in case you missed that. I'm not talking about ones who came in so sick the only humane thing to do is euthanize them. I'm talking about healthy kitties, puppies, young dogs, young cats and purebred animals. Pets you may see in anyone's family.
Across the nation the amount of purebred dogs at any given County Shelter...or pound is 25%. Here in Arizona the amount is higher because of the propensity for the many Chihuahuas and Bully breeds who are at our pound facilities. At MCACC West we even have a department called Chi-Town where most of the Chihuahuas are sheltered.
There are 10,000 puppy mills in the US...both licensed and unlicensed. There is no way of knowing how many backyard breeders there are. But take a look in any pennysaver-type paper, or Craigslist ads in your state to get an idea that there are a significant amount of people who breed pets.
Licensed puppy mills are allowed to market their puppies at 8 weeks of age. However, the reality is that most breeders separate their pups from their moms as young as 5 weeks. Never mind the laundry list of physical health problems that often accompany a puppy mill/backyard pup...that they get taken away from their moms so soon permanently destroys the ability of the pup to learn the necessary lessons received from staying with mom and its siblings...and results in a lifetime of behavior problems. There is simply no replacement training by any person, trainer or any human that can be done. Pups need to stay with their families until 10 - 12 weeks of age. Period.
The problem of breeding in the US is so severe and complex that there is now virtually a rescue represented for every breed you can possible think of. As I write this I'm picking breeds off the top of my head who were known as, or what was at one time considered a "rare" breed. For example the Norwich Terrier: here are some who are available in rescue.
If you and your family are ready to add an animal family member....especially a dog, please, please, please take the time to find a rescue representing that animal you wish to find. Don't give in to impulse or impatience and buy from a breeder. Yes...it might take some time, but think of that as a positive. Use that time to research the breed and behaviors, grooming requirements, and energy levels of that breed.
Also, keep in mind that most rescues' animals are coming to them from their local pounds. They are actually going to those shelters and pulling them off of the E-lists. If you are not aware of what an E-list is...it is the daily list put out every day by every kill-shelter in the nation of that day's animals that are scheduled to be killed. Their local rescues have people watching these lists and if they have room at their rescue they go and get them out.
Here's the thing; if you don't adopt one of these...that's one less animal made room for; one more animal scheduled to be killed.
Here is today's E-list from MCACC West. Here is today's E-list from MCACC East.
Of course you can go directly to your local pound and adopt one of these yourself.
Thank you for adopting and not shopping. But more than that your new animal family member thanks you!