I used to work in an animal shelter as a caretaker. You probably hear about "adopt don't shop" (which means adopt from a shelter-do not buy from a breeder) a lot. But I think a lot of people don't realize why this is so important. So I'm going to share with you why it's important to me, as someone who has worked with dogs.
The shelter that I worked at frequently saved dogs from breeders. I got to see the aftermath, and take care of these poor dogs. And I got to see firsthand how horrible what breeders do to dogs is. These dogs that were previously owned by breeders, they don't even know how to be dogs. They don't know how to walk on a leash, because they never get taken for walks. They don't even know how to follow you. So I had to pick them up and bring them outside (so they can go to the bathroom, get fresh air, etc.). They don't even know how to play with toys. These dogs don't know what it means to be loved. They don't get excited when you approach. Some of them cower in fear. Because they were only ever interacted with when it meant time to be bred. They were never allowed to live a normal life. This is what breeders do to dogs.
Please, adopt from shelters. And if you have dog experience, consider adopting a dog from a shelter who was rescued from breeders. They deserve to have a loving human. But please note, animal shelters are filled with dogs who ARE ready to love YOU. Animal shelters are filled with normal dogs. I just had to share this because many people don't know the harm that breeders cause.
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