Shelter Stats; Non Profits Fool Public+Get Rich

We at PD believe that the above links (which has short example below) is probably the correct assessment of the current political agenda exhibited by the AR (animal rights movement) today.

Animal rights is a political movement that

  • opposes all animal use and most traditional relationships with animals, including eating meat, wearing leather or wool, biomedical research, owning pets, breeding dogs and cats, circuses, zoos, hunting, trapping, ranching, fishing, and learning about animals by hands-on experience.
  • manufactures crises about animal care based on distortions about animal husbandry and extreme cases of mismanagement and abuse, then uses these misrepresentations to vilify animal owners and related interests and industries in an attempt to achieve a world in which man and animals are separated.
  • raises funds using crises that it has manufactured, distorted or sensationalized.
  • manipulates the political process to spin concern for animals into laws and regulations that deprive private citizens of the right to make ethical determinations about their relationships with animals
  • attempts to transfer power and authority over animal ownership, husbandry, and use to the government and the courts.
  • plays on the sympathies of animal lovers to raise money for campaigns, which if successful would deprive them of their ability to interact with animals.
  • condones, incites or indulges in criminal activity against those who raise and keep animals.
  • attempts to separate the destiny of man from the destiny of animals.
  • works for the day when people will view animals from afar.

Has shelter data for many states, if not all


…Today’s dominant pet providers, retail rescues and shelters:

  • are exempt from most animal welfare laws;
  • are exempt from consumer protection laws*;
  • are exempt from taxes;
  • are not required to document the source of their dogs;
  • are not held responsible for the health or temperament problems of the dogs they place*;
  • market their sales as “adoptions”, making their motivations appear loftier than other pet sellers*;
  • market their dogs’ shortcomings, disabilities and diseases as selling points, even when they will cause their new owners great hardship and expense;
  •  advertise their mixes and mutts as “breeds” to get the public in the door;
  • engage in, or are the beneficiaries of, the mass transport of dogs from other parts of the US or from foreign countries *PD: Mexico,Puerto Rico, third world countries…
  • introduce diseases and parasites to US regions where they never existed or were formerly eradicated;
  • diminish the production and availability of long-standing breeds through legislation and media campaigns, and by saturating the dog marketplace with out of state and foreign dogs.

* PD:   and………”resell” animals from seizures, buy commercial kennel dogs at auction, then “resell” them, [Small Paws takes auction dogs then resells them, takes in over $500k/yr; sells puppies which are not altered, this is admitted on their site; purportedly they couldn’t “find” any “Bichons” to “rescue” so they resorted to buying dogs auctioned off at kennels; claim they have 800 volunteers+6000 others, have their own airline transport system worked out (having SHIPPED OUT over 5,000 dogs– probably sight unseen);  gets dogs from Mexico; claims they have  “anywhere from 150-200 Bichons available for adoption at any one time. Small Paws® Rescue : Available for Adoption” 

             “We have flown over 5000 Bichons without incident. “

* Here is their statement that they do not take responsibility for the dog’s health, temperament:

Important Notice Temperament: Small Paws Rescue makes no explicit or implicit guarantees in reference to the health and/or temperament of the dog. The dog is adopted “as is” and the adopter assumes all responsibility for treatment of any and all existing conditions or any other conditions of physical or temperament changes that may occur.

Rescuer will provide the dog with the basic vaccines and heartworm test before adoption if the age and current health of the dog permits. While the rescuer makes every effort to place only healthy animals, the rescuer cannot guarantee the health of any animal and shall not be held responsible for any medical expenses which may be incurred, hereby expressly excluding any implied or express warranties of merchantability** or fitness for any particular purpose, including, without limitation, any warranties regarding health, temperament or whether the animal is housebroken.

**this is a common statement used with products sold on the open market which means item is fit for the purposed for which it is designed. This is part of the Uniform Commercial Code

A “pet store” in California for example, all sales of dogs/cats must conform to such laws.

No rescue or shelter dogs are covered by warranty or contract as to health or temperament. In fact shelter dogs usually have no background, and obviously no one gets to see the parent dogs, where the dog came from, or anything relevant at all. The purpose of a shelter is to protect the public from dangerous dogs, and to help the community at large. The shelter does not exist per se, TO BE A PET STORE.

 In addition, pet stores [below] and breeders [further down] in California, are regulated heavily: 

Article 2. Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats

§ 122125Short title; retail dealers; conformance to chapter; exceptions

§ 122130Receipt of dogs or cats from common carrier; transportation from premises

§ 122135Examination for sickness upon receipt; separate cages for animals with contagious diseases

§ 122137Information to be provided by retail pet dealers to consumers who purchase dogs and cats relating to spaying and neutering, veterinarian care and licensing of pets

§ 122140Written statement; delivery to purchaser; form; contents

§ 122145Records of pet dealer; contents; period of retention; inspection

§ 122150Violations; civil penalty; action for recovery

§ 122155Unlawful acts

§ 122160Ill or diseased dog; remedies of purchaser

§ 122165Presumption of preexisting illness; parasites; veterinarian charges

§ 122170Purchaser’s duties requisite to remedy

§ 122175Conditions barring purchaser’s remedies

§ 122180Veterinarian’s statement; itemized bill; reimbursement

§ 122185Contest of demand for remedy; examination of dog; judicial dispute resolution; costs

§ 122190Written notice of rights; provision to and signature of purchaser; form; contents

§ 122195Other consumer remedies; agreement waiving rights under chapter

§ 122200Pedigree registry; representations; documentation; remedies

§ 122205Diseased or defective dog; sale; penalties

§ 122210. Examination of dogs held for sale by pet dealers; segregation and care of sick or diseased dogs; euthanization

§ 122215State in which dog bred and brokered; notice

§ 122220Notice to consumers; posting; provision of information to prospective purchasers

Article 3. Dog Pedigree Registries

§ 122300Definitions

§ 122305. Notice; posting by dog dealers

§ 122310Dog pedigree registration disclosure; requirements

§ 122315Violations; liability

Article 1. Sale of Dogs by Breeders

§ 122045Short title; applicability; definitions

§ 122050Written disclosure; delivery to each purchaser; signatures

§ 122055Breeder records

§ 122060Sale of ill or diseased dog; violation; civil actions; penalty

§ 122065Unlawful acts

§ 122065.5Housing dogs on wire flooring

§ 122070Sale of ill or diseased dog; purchaser’s remedies

§ 122075Presumption of preexisting illness; parasites; fees for veterinary services

§ 122080Purchaser’s duties requisite to remedy

§ 122085Conditions barring purchaser’s remedies

§ 122090Veterinarian’s statement; contents

§ 122095Contest of demand for remedy; examination of dog; judicial dispute resolution; costs

§ 122100Written notice of rights; provision to and signature of purchaser; form; contents

§ 122105Other consumer remedies; agreements waiving rights under chapter

§ 122110Violations; penalties; prosecution of action

OK– then this place (Small Paws)  would not be a pet store? Would not have to take responsibility for the health or temperament?  would not apparently, have to alter the puppy upon sale? The owner has 6 months to do it. But the owner is in another state?  Has been on Oprah and Animal Planet repeatedly. Was never considered a “rescue” before and rescues used to criticize them. NOW they are suddenly wonderful because they have 200 Bichons?   In our opinion, this is not a charity. More like an HSUS racket which is making itself look like it’s rescue.  THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN BY NOT HAVING TO ACCOUNT FOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE ANIMALS, EVEN IF THEY BUY THEM.



Abstract  (partial summary)

Problematic behaviors are a significant reason for relinquishment, and relinquished dogs are more likely to have problem behaviors. This study utilized standardized surveys of owners relinquishing their dogs to shelters and dog owners visiting vaccination clinics. “Relinquishing” and “continuing” owners were asked questions in the following categories: demographic information, training methods and tools, frequencies in which their dogs engaged in problematic behaviors, and attachment to their dogs.

“Relinquishers” were also asked to provide their reasons for relinquishment. The results of 129 surveys (80 relinquishing and 49 continuing) showed that relinquishers scored lower on animal attachment than continuing owners. Pit bull-type dogs were represented more in the relinquishing group. Relinquished dogs were no less likely to have attended training classes than continuing dogs.

Pit bull-type dogs were reported to be no less well behaved compared with all other breeds combined. Sixty-five percent of relinquishers reported some behavioral reason for relinquishment.

Forty-eight percent of relinquishers indicated that at least 1 problem behavior was a strong influence on their decision to relinquish.


Despite “moving” being cited by owners (in top 10 reasons for relinquishment) it is a known fact that many dogs have behavioral issues that CANNOT be fixed by a novice dog owner, inexperienced dog owner, owner who is afraid of dog, owner who wants a perfect dog, owner who has kids that don’t know anything about dogs, owner who has no time to train dog, owner who wants “rescued” dog because he/she doesn’t want to PAY for a puppy, etc. While there are many “rescue” dogs that are great (we own and have owned them) — there are also MANY that are NOT great or even good.

The FACT (not guessing) that as many if not more than 50%+ of shelter animals are given back to the shelter from one week to 6mo from time of adoption— is a clear indication that such animals may have issues that are simply not within the ability to be fixed by the average dog adopter. This 50%+ was reported by Pet Smart Charities study.  

Therefore, claiming that ONLY shelter animals or non profit rescue animals can be sold in a store is simply foolish, plus it is illegal in our opinion. It appears in Los Angeles their law outlawing stores to sell anything but “shelter” type animals was passed after some type of dispute over a different proposed law was made. We have not yet found out what that was.


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