Over the weekend, I went to a dog adoption event in Los Angeles.
These are some of the miniature pinschers rescued from a puppy mill in Riverside. The picture above simply looks like a group of average dogs resting and enjoying the company of each other. But they endured a heart breaking past
It is understandable that people are particular about getting a dog breed who would best match their lifestyle. But treating animals like merchandise is a mentality that needs to be changed, to say the least. Not only do irresponsible breeders treat their dogs like money making machines, their efforts to minimize costs results in horrendous living conditions for these animals.
Also, part of the demand for bred dogs has to do with people choosing pets based on their look as opposed to disposition. Keep in mind the old saying, "don't judge a book by its cover." This certainly applies to animals as well. Many times, the hearts and personalities of animals will surprise us. And when we get to know them on this level they enrich our lives far beyond what we originally imagined.
I really wish the best for these little guys. They and the collective of animals in need are a constant reminder to us of what really matters the most. Because life is certainly not about making quick and fast cash to the point where lives don't matter anymore. I don't know how long it will take before ignorant breeders come to realize this. But I hope it does happen.
Even though these economic times are challenging, it is worth the effort to do what we can for souls like these who need help the most.