ADOPT DONT BUY

It's simple math – there just aren't enough good homes available for all the animals who already so desperately need one. Please remember the golden rules of responsible animal guardianship: always adopt and never buy from a pet shop or breeder, remember that adoption is a long-term commitment and always spay or neuter your animal companions immediately or as soon as they are old enough. Thank you!

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Shop owners, dealers and breeders count on love at first sight because it prompts people to shell out hundreds of pounds to take cute puppies home. It should be a happy ending: the dog gets a home and the seller turns a profit. But there is an unseen, darker side to the story.

Many puppies come from hellholes called puppy farms, where mother dogs and "studs" spend their lives producing litter after litter, like products off an assembly line. And as long as puppies continue to be churned out for sale, thousands of unwanted dogs – each one a loving, feeling individual desperately in need of a good home – will continue to languish in animal shelters.
They will live out their lonely lives confined to kennels, or they will eventually be killed.

Received: 22 de Abril de 2010

From:
PETA UK

Subject: An unwanted dog is killed every hour

Dear,

The puppies in some pet shop displays are adorable, wriggling balls of energy just waiting to jump into customers' arms. Shop owners, dealers and breeders count on love at first sight because it prompts people to shell out hundreds of pounds to take cute puppies home. It should be a happy ending: the dog gets a home and the seller turns a profit. But there is an unseen, darker side to the story.

Many puppies come from hellholes called puppy farms, where mother dogs and "studs" spend their lives producing litter after litter, like products off an assembly line. And as long as puppies continue to be churned out for sale, thousands of unwanted dogs – each one a loving, feeling individual desperately in need of a good home – will continue to languish in animal shelters. They will live out their lonely lives confined to kennels, or they will eventually be killed.

Every time someone buys an animal instead of adopting, an animal in a shelter loses his or her chance for a home.

You can help end the animal homelessness crisis. Please sign our pledge today and promise never to buy animals from a breeder, dealer or pet shop, and encourage all your friends, family members and colleagues to do the same.

Sharing a home with an animal companion is a big responsibility and a major commitment of time and money. Dogs can live for 15 years or more, so before adopting, a potential guardian must think carefully about the animal's needs in both the short term and the long term. If you can provide a good home to a dog, then contact your local animal shelter or rescue group – the reputable ones will help advise you on the different types of care, costs and exercise requirements of individual dogs.

If you already have an animal companion or rescue a new one, it is vital to ensure that your new canine or feline friend is spayed or neutered immediately.
Making sure that an animal companion is spayed or neutered is the single most important thing a person can do to save animals from the suffering and death caused by the animal overpopulation crisis. In just six years, a female dog and her offspring can produce up to 67,000 puppies! If you have an animal companion who has not been spayed or neutered, please set up an appointment as soon as possible – your local rescue centre or veterinarian will be able to help you.

When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you'll be glad that you chose to save a life instead of supporting a trade that treats animals as if they were inanimate objects to be bought and sold.

At PETA, we work tirelessly to keep the plight of homeless animals in the public spotlight through our high-profile "Adopt, Don't Buy" campaign and celebrity support – and you can help too.

Please sign our pledge today and help spread the message by forwarding this e-mail to as many people as you can.
Very truly yours,

Ingrid E Newkirk

Founder

PS It's simple math – there just aren't enough good homes available for all the animals who already so desperately need one. Please remember the golden rules of responsible animal guardianship: always adopt and never buy from a pet shop or breeder, remember that adoption is a long-term commitment and always spay or neuter your animal companions immediately or as soon as they are old enough. Thank you!

By:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation—a charitable company limited by guarantee, with its registered office at Lacon House, Theobald's Road, London WCIX8RW. Registered in England and Wales as charity number 1056453, company number 3135903