AKB Posted September 14, 2007 Report Share Posted September 14, 2007 Does anyone know where I can find reliable statistics on how most of the dogs in shelters get where they are? I'll try to keep this shortish. One of my part time jobs is in a bar, populated almost exclusively by sexist middle aged male blowhards who know everything about everything, as most blowhards do. Anyway, one of the exceptions to the male blowhard rule is a woman who comes into the bar with her blowhard husband (blowhard by proxy, I believe they call it). They are talking about getting a new dog in the relatively future. She wants to adopt, he wants to buy. I am not a great proponent of going to a breeder, but it's a personal choice that they need to make, I understand that. And these people are not my kind of pet people, so I'm doing a lot of nodding and smiling, suggesting where I can. Here's where we got into an arguement he said that he doesn't want to go to a rescue because "Dogs are pack animals, when they reach about eight weeks or ten weeks old, they decide whether they are going to run with the humans, or run with the pack. Since almost all dogs in rescue have been either neglected or abused, they are just not trainable. It's just not possible." I was too busy at the time he said this to make the kind of reply I would have liked. But certainly from this statement you can see why they are not my kind of pet people. The only point on which he was correct was, "Dogs are pack animals." It's not that I want them to get a shelter dog especially, but I just can't let that statement stand. When he brings this up again, and he will, I want to be able to smash him (it's the only thing I really enjoy about my job). So, about the almost all dogs in rescue statement- that can't be true. I have always read that statistically, most dogs in shelters are not abused, they are there because they are either from an unwanted litter, changes in family situations, and seizures by authorities are fairly rare. Is this true? Does anyone know of a good source of statistics on the breakdown of dogs in shelters? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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