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AnimalCrueltyLaws. Reasons dogs end up in shelters. By Nicole Pajer All across the world, animal shelters are overflowing with dogs that are in need of good homes.

Reasons dogs end up in shelters

But how did so many get there? It can be hard for us dedicated pet lovers to understand how someone could just surrender his or her companion. When a dog ends up in a shelter, it is not their fault. Animal Shelters. Not all animal shelters are the same.

Animal Shelters

Fortunate homeless and unwanted animals end up in the hundreds of open-admission animal shelters that are staffed by professional, caring people. At these facilities, frightened animals are reassured, sick and injured animals receive treatment or a peaceful end to their suffering, and the animals’ living quarters are kept clean and dry.

Workers at these facilities never turn away needy animals and give careful consideration to each animal’s special emotional and physical needs. To be able to offer refuge to every animal in need, open-admission shelters must euthanize unadopted and unadoptable animals. The alternative—turning them away—is cruel and leaves the animals in grave danger. A Closer Look at Puppy Mills. Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding operations where profit is placed above the well-being of animals.

A Closer Look at Puppy Mills

Bred without consideration of genetic quality, this produces generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects. Some puppy mill puppies are sold to pet shops and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. What constitutes abandonment? Members get our updates on rescue alerts, league events, special offers and more. sign up!

What constitutes abandonment?

Latest Articles Latest Q&A I know the legal definition of abandonment of a pet (relinquishing all responsibility to or for a pet), but I've heard it's hard to prove in court. Even my attorney says so, at least in this situation: Person #1 has had several dogs for years, but shared one dog with a family member (Person #2) for six years. The Number One Reason People Dump Their Pets At Shelters. It's a long, dark march to the drop-off counter at the local animal shelter.

The Number One Reason People Dump Their Pets At Shelters

Yet people trudge on, bearing cats in arms or straining at leashes to haul dogs inside. Amy Klein Every year, millions of pets are abandoned. The people who drop them off at a shelter may be easy to vilify, probably because we don't know where they're coming from. New York law would double fines for animal abandonment. Animal rights activists in the city and across the state are applauding new legislation that would double the fines for New York residents who walk away from their pets without providing any type of care for them.

New York law would double fines for animal abandonment

Senate Bill S410, which was recently passed by the Senate and is now under review by the Assembly, would double the fine for abandoning an animal from $1,000 to $2,000, while also continuing to carry a possible penalty of up to a year in prison. The penalty would apply to owners who abandon and stop providing care for their animals as well as to those who fail to retrieve an injured pet when found in a public place and they are notified of its whereabouts. State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., who supports the legislation, said “Unfortunately, many people, for a variety of reasons, simply abandon their animals when they decide they can’t or won’t care for them anymore.” Asked about the proposed legislation, Hoffman said that while it’s a good start, more needs to be done. Pet Abandonment - Animal Rights Action. Introduction Pet abandonment is a huge problem world wide.

Pet Abandonment - Animal Rights Action

There are countless millions of loving, adoptable dogs put to death every year, simply because people keep breeding more puppies to try to make money, and other people reward them for this by paying them for these puppies when they could instead save an innocent dog from death by adopting. People who buy puppies from pet shops fund the cruelty of Puppy Farms where the breeding dogs are cruelly abused and inhumanely killed. Some breeders who cannot sell their puppies are known to inhumanely kill unsold or imperfect puppies using methods such as drowning. Animal Shelters: another chance at life or death. An animal shelter, by definition, is: an establishment, especially one supported by charitable contributions, that provides a temporary home for dogs, cats, and other animals that are offered for adoption.

Animal Shelters: another chance at life or death

An establishment that temporarily provides a home until the animal is adoptable. Sounds good, right? However, this definition is more in line with no kill animal shelters. These shelters will either keep animals as long as possible, or give them to some other organization that can attempt to adopt out the animals. They will do all in their power to find a great new home for animals that may have been homeless, abused, or a victim of hoarding. Animal Homelessness Is a Community Challenge  Our relationships with the animals we keep are highly personal.

Animal Homelessness Is a Community Challenge 

They provide us with unconditional love, and we take on a personal responsibility for making sure that they are well cared for. But when the bond between an animal and his guardian is broken, as when an animal is lost, abandoned, or surrendered to a shelter, who then has responsibility for the animal and his care? Most people would say it's the local animal shelter's responsibility. Activist Profile: Bianca V., Animal Advocate Extraordinaire. Activist Profile: Bianca V., Animal Advocate Extraordinaire Bianca Bianca of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, attended YEA Camp in 2010 at the age of 14.

Activist Profile: Bianca V., Animal Advocate Extraordinaire

She has accomplished so much in the past year and a half for animals, we are blown away.