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Breeders Vs. Rescues

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona posted an article this week having to do with a scam involving puppy adoption. They are “cautioning consumers to watch out for classified ads offering purebred puppies for free or at prices that seem too good to be true.”

Apparently, this scam is run much like the Craigslist scams where you are offered something for free, but then they ask you to pay all sorts of fees, and once you’ve paid, they disappear.

Regardless of how the scam works, we at Dawg House continue to support and advocate the adoption of animals from shelters and rescue organizations rather than from an irresponsible breeder.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Pima Animal Care Center, Petfinder, and a bunch of very reputable non-profit adoption and fostering agencies here in Tucson are typically overflowing with animals who desperately need to be adopted into good home.

The BBB is doing a good thing by alerting consumers to watch out for these sorts of scams, but their article does not convey the sort of urgency this message requires. Stray dogs that don’t get adopted are often euthanized. The exploding pet population is in a state of crisis – there are far more pets than could ever hope to find good homes. Breeders prey on the uninformed consumer, and the very practice of dog breeding is often inhumane, leading to genetic health problems and birth defects that breeders will never disclose. Private breeders and pet stores are both guilty of these practices.

Adopting from shelters and fostering agencies is one sure way to help do the right thing when it comes to choosing a pet.

Here are some great resources when it comes time to adopt your new family member from a shelter or rescue organization:

Humane Society of the United States

AZ Humane Society Project 121

Breeders Vs. Rescues

WOOF!

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2010 Mutt Census

http://www.muttcensus.com/

How cool is this!? Take a few minutes to visit the 2010 Mutt Census and register your dawgs!

Mars Veterinary, a global company specializing in pet care and canine genetic breed identification, is conducting an inaugural National Mutt Census. The goal is to provide insights into the background of the nation’s estimated 38 million mixed-breed dogs.

The company hopes that a portrait of the makeup of the nation’s mixed-breed dogs will lead to a better understanding of the prevalence of genetic traits and conditions among this population, says Dr. Angela Hughes, veterinary genetics research manager at Mars Veterinary. “Understanding an individual dog’s breed makeup is like understanding its family history – this information can provide an owner with valuable insights that strengthen the pet-owner relationship,” she says.

Mars Veterinary urges dog owners to participate by visitingwww.muttcensus.com, where they can take a five-minute survey that asks questions about the dog’s size and weight, his feeding and exercise habits, whether he was adopted from a shelter – as well as questions about the dog’s health.

The findings will offer the most comprehensive analysis of the nation’s mixed-breed dog population ever conducted, the company said.

The results may also provide researchers a better understanding of the types and frequency of diseases among this group of dogs that may ultimately help determine health risk factors for certain breed mixes.