Many Shelter Pets Returned to Shelters in 6mo or Less–No Surprise

AND what we KNEW all along………. now even jennifer fearing of HSUS knows it……….  Pet smart did the research:

Let’s just tell the public the truth. There will ALWAYS be a percentage of dogs/cats that have either bad habits, bad temperament or just bad something else. Not necessarily aggression.  Nonetheless, regardless of where such dogs may have come from, MANY animals from shelters are there for a REASON— despite the fact that many of the animals are ok, many are NOT so OK. The bottom line is you have dogs (or cats) that no one wants, you simply CANNOT force the public to “want” them if they want something else.

It is not that much different than trying to force people to ADOPT children when they want their own babies. So although we know the solution is to have LESS dogs that no one wants, [NOT LESS DOGS THAT PEOPLE DO WANT] —-  the facts have been proven for 40 years— the large majority of dogs that no one will want to adopt are mixed breed male juveniles with bad habits and likely a bad rap. THUS it is only smart to FOCUS ALL EFFORTS [ARs usually push “mandatory altering”] ON THE LOWEST ECONOMIC AREAS BECAUSE IN FACT, THIS IS WHERE LIKELY 80-90% OF THESE DOGS COME FROM AND THAT HAS NOT CHANGED IN 40 YEARS, AND WILL NOT CHANGE.

Other stats already show that lower income owners may only comprise about 12% of owners– but when surrendering animals, they make up almost 26% of the owners. Thus it is obvious that this is a social welfare issue. It is right alongside one parent families, alcoholic parent, drug parent, absent parent, mental illness, gangs, delinquency and the gamut.  You are not going to a wealthy area and find 5,000 dogs surrendered to the local shelter. Yet in Los Angeles, you will find that in the poor areas. and it’s not just Los Angeles.

Animal Rights keeps trying to prove that stopping all commercial kennel sales, stopping internet sales, stopping sales of pups/dogs that people WANT will somehow stop “shelter Killing..”

NO——- a thousand times NO— it will never stop the shelter killing simply because it has nothing to do with shelter killing !!!!! This is an AR propaganda tactic used to stop the sales of dogs that people want, even if the dogs were raised in perfect settings—- ARs would find a reason for them NOT to sell them. Their main reason is because they do not want any animal to be a piece of property under the law. We have said that a thousand times.

And lastly— making the sale of dogs/cats which are NOT from a shelter “illegal” is unconstitutional. They made the laws/ordinances mostly in southern CA — but they are not reasonably tailored and serve no actual purpose other than to close down businesses which are legally operating.

Keeping Pets (Dogs and Cats) in Homes: A Three-Phase Retention Study — Phase II: Descriptive Study of Post-Adoption Retention…

by American Humane Association (PetSmart Charities)

This study is the second in a three-part series that explores issues of companion animal adoption and retention. The goal of this phase was to determine what happens to dogs and cats after they are adopted from an animal shelter. The study looked at the proportion of companion animals who remained in their homes six months after adoption as well as factors associated with non-retention.

” The findings  from the participants in this study indicate that, nationally, hundreds of thousands (some one in 10) of adopted animals are no longer in the home six months post-adoption.

Furthermore, the rates in this study may
represent a “best-case scenario,” especially if non participants and non-respondents are less likely
to retain their pets than those who volunteered

Despite the laudable efforts of
shelters across the nation, given adoption
numbers in the United States,even the rates in
this study would suggest that a large number of
adopted pets are not retained more than six
months. Given the limitations of this study,
although not atypical of the challenges of shelter
research, in general, it is possible that retention
of pets in the home six months post-adoption
may not be as high as indicated here, and
non-compliance should be an important
consideration in the design of future studies.

The link below will begin an automatic download of a PDF of this report.

Spot Check Number: 2301

Sponsor: PetSmart Charities
Researcher/Author: American Humane Association
Animal Type: Dogs, Cats, Companion Animals, Human
Record Type: Data and Statistics, Research Study, Survey Summary, Organizational Publication or Materials
Research Method: Telephone Survey
Geographic Region: United States Regional
Number of Participants: 572
Year Conducted: 2013


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Rabies in a Dog Imported from Iraq—New Jersey, June 2008

Rabies in a Dog Imported from Iraq—New Jersey, June 2008

Puerto Rican Dog Import Tragedy

More than 100 dogs from Puerto Rico died in Florida after being sent there for adoption, most from distemper and parvovirus. They were to be offered for adoption in several PetSmart stores as part of an adoption contest. Winners of the contest would receive $100,000 and a second grant of $25,000 to be awarded to the shelter with largest adoption participation.

Society for Theriogenology Position on Mandatory Spay-Neuter in the Canine and Feline

The Boards of Directors of the Society for Theriogenology and the American College of Theriogenologists explain their opposition to mandatory spay-neuter, and why they believe thee decision to spay or neuter a pet must be made on a case by case basis, taking into consideration the pet’s age, breed, sex, intended use, household environment and temperament.

For those interested in researching this topic themselves, there is an extensive list (eight pages!) of valuable references included.

Lifetime ovary exposure and exceptional longevity in dogs

Exploring mechanisms of sex differences in longevity: lifetime ovary exposure and exceptional longevity in dogs

Aging Cell, September 2009.
David J. Waters1,2, Seema S. Kengeri1, Beth Clever1, Julie A. Booth1, Aimee H. Maras1, Deborah L. Schlittler1, and Michael G. Hayek3

1 Center for Exceptional Longevity Studies, Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation, West Lafayette, IN, USA
2 The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and The Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
3 P&G Pet Care, Lewisburg, OH, USA

Importation of dogs into the United States: risks from rabies and other zoonotic diseases

J. H. McQuiston, T. Wilson, S. Harris, R. M. Bacon, S. Shapiro, I Trevino, J. Sinclair, G. Galland, and N. Marano, 2008

Understanding Animal Companion Surplus in the United States: Relinquishment of Nonadoptables to Anim

by Philip H. Kass, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California; John C. New, Jr., College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee; Janet M. Scarlett, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University; Mo D. Salman, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University

Characteristics of Shelter-Relinquished Animals and Their Owners Compared With Animals and Their Own

2000 by John C. New, Jr., College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee; M. D. Salman and Mike King, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University; Janet M. Scarlett, New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University; Philip H. Kass, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California—Davis; Jennifer M. Hutchison, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia

Border Puppies and Public Health, LA County Veterinary Public Health, “Puppy Mills go Global”

Puppy mills go global ( Winter, 2009/2010)

Determining the Best Age at which to Spay or Neuter: An Evidence -Based Analysis

by Margaret Root-Kustritz, DVM PhD, University of Minnesota, Discoveries (Spring, 2008)

Australian Veterinary Association position on mandatory spay/neuter

Position paper opposing mandatory spay/neuter based on US and Australian outcomes. Instead of failed policy, Australian veterinarians recommend voluntary spay/neuter and emphasis on dealing with unowned cat population. (December, 2007)

The Long Term Effects of Spay/Neuter in Dogs

This researched paper offers a retrospective look at the long-term health effects of sterilizing dogs and includes a very thorough bibliography referencing scientific research papers on the topic. (May, 2007)

Smuggled Puppies a Concern to California

June/July 2006
U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Elysa Cross, Public Affairs Specialist

Rates of Euthanasia and Adoptions for Dogs and Cats in Michigan Animal Shelters

Paul C. Bartlett, Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Andrew Bartett, Michigan State University, Sally Walshaw, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Stephen Halstead, State Veterinarian, Michigan Dept. of Agriculture: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 8 (2), 97 -104 Copyright 2005, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Inc.

A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention

American Veterinary Medical Association: Task for on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interaction. (June, 2001)

Cornell study of tethering versus pen confinement

Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science


The Unintended Consequences of a Ban on Humane Horse Slaughter (processing) in the United States

Produced by the Animal Welfare Council: May 15, 2006


Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rbST): A Safety Assessment

by Drs. Richard Raymond, Connie W. Bales, Dale E. Bauman, David Clemmons, Ronald Kleinman, Dante Lanna, Stephen Nickerson, and Kristen Sejrsen; American Dairy Science Association, Canadian Society of Animal Science, and the American Society of Animal Science (July 2009, updated March 2010).


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