Over the course of over 45 years with dogs, I have only had two that were not spayed or neutered (one of which I own now).
I am pro spay and neuter
for a couple of simple reasons: I don't like to see a couple of million dogs a year trotted off to their death because they were "accidents," and I don't think watching two dogs have sex is a demonstration of human talent or creative ability. You produced another
litter of puppies-for-pets. Really?
We needed that? Why?
Did you do all the health tests on both the sire and dam? Did you work them at least three seasons? Do you have good solid homes for all of the pups? Or are you just another hump and dump breeder
People like to blame pet stores
for all the dogs that are killed every year in America's shelters, but less than 4 percent come from pet stores
, and only about 10 pecent come from "breeders" (a term that encompasses everything from puppy mills to back-of-the-free-newspaper dog dealers, to legitimate show or working dog breeders).
About 30% of all shelter dogs come from "friends" and another 10 percent each come from "strangers" or are "strays."
And you know why? Simple: when people pay a lot of money for a dog (and pet store and show dogs cost $600 and up), they are slower to buy, more stable in income, and generally a little more reticent to kick their money to the curb.
So who are the dogs left behind? Who are the dogs still being killed down at the pound?
Mostly, it's the old, the sick, the very ugly, the common black non-descript mongrel lab, and a massive tide of Pit Bulls.
Pit Bulls represent about half
of all euthanized dogs in this country; nearly one million dead dogs a year, or about 40,000,000 pounds of dead Pit Bulls
being carted off to landfills and incinerators. To put this another way, more Pit Bulls are killed in shelters every year than the TOTAL number of dogs registered by the AKC every year.
What's the deal with Pit Bull owners?
One issue is that a lot of these dogs are owned by young men not so very different from Bill Burr, the comedian in this video clip.
These folks have a transference problem -- cutting off the dog's balls seems a little too close to cutting off their balls. To which I can only say Get Over It, especially if you have a Pit Bull.
We are killing 40 million pounds of Pit Bulls in this country every year.
If you don't think that's not enough, or if you think your dog is so special that you still need to breed another litter or two of Pit Bulls (or any other kind of pet dog), then you are very much part of the problem, and that is not a laughing matter.