I recently read a sad article that each year in the United States, 22 million dogs are abandoned. The average length of time most people keep a dog is only two years — but the average lifespan of a dog is 15 years.
And each year in the United States, more than 14 million dogs and cats — and puppies and kittens — are destroyed by animal shelters and animal control facilities, and millions more are taken in by shelters and other animal rescue organizations, never to leave those places again.
So do everyone a favor and stop buying or breeding dogs. If you have small children it's too dangerous to have a dog at all. And if you don't intend on loving your pet and having it inside your home then you will only be creating a vicious animal. But if you have no friends and no one else will tolerate you, then by all means get a dog, but at least adopt one.
There are so many abandoned dogs in town I wondered how many I could fit in the trunk of my car.
OK, OK. Why do I have to throw in this bit of silliness on such a tragic subject? Perhaps because if I didn't laugh I would cry. If you are thinking about getting a dog, adopt. After adopting, neuter. There are a number of places that offer affordable neutering programs. Please do not let more dogs be born. We need more dogs like we need more Muslims in the world.
On the other paw, some people go overboard on how well they treat their dogs:
USA Special Report,
Is your pet family?
According to an American Animal Hospital Association survey, more than half of all pet owners celebrate their pets' birthdays. Another AAHA survey revealed that most owners would rather be stranded on a desert island with their pet than with another human. Hotels increasingly have special programs for their four-legged guests, and you can find restaurants that not only allow dogs on patios, but offer a special menu for canine clientele.