Originally Posted by fire walker TWH
man that's depressing. Makes you wonder if your helping animals by taking them to pounds or making it worse. People drop animals on us constantly and we try to find them all new homes ourselves but sometimes theres too many and we can't feed them. Last week I took the first pup ever to a dog pound. I hated too but had no choice. My barn is on a property 15 minutes away and between my house and the barn we get animals dropped weekly
I know I certainly started to wonder, after the cat incidents, and then when a puppy showed up on our doorstep one day; I was on a 1 dog limit with my landlord, and so I called the no kill shelter and asked if they could take him in (he was maybe 5 weeks old!), and they said "no, we don't have room, but you could rent\support a kennel until one opens up." I told them no thanks, I could take care of him myself for much less than they were asking per month, and I would still have a puppy on my hands, so I would still be shelling out extra anyway! I did actually go there that day, just to 'look' at dogs, and they had 2 open kennels!!!
Anyway, long story short, I wound up getting my landlord's okay to keep him until I could rehome him (the 'rehoming' never happened...hahaha!), so things turned out okay anyway.
In some ways, I prefer to do my homework and buy from a reputable breeder, and I have taken in my fair share of strays! Hahaha! Atleast when you take in a stray, you don't have anyone's 'word' saying things that may or may not be true. You get the vet care immediately, and there are no surprises.
I do like to volunteer for rescues though, as giving your time is never a waste.