Whether you live in Eugene, Oregon or any other state, you will be effected by Missouri Puppy Mill vote in November. Not every animal challenge can be solved with a law. Laws are already in place that can be more strictly enforced to be more effective for the protection of dogs. HSUS has, many times in their statements, called Missouri the “Puppy Mill Capitol”. These words set up the surge to gather over 100,000 people willing to change conditions for those “Puppy Mill” dogs. Those are the people who signed a petition to get the initiative on the ballot in November 2010.
What this means to dog lovers everywhere is that if Missouri votes to pass the bill as it is slated to be offered, many dogs will need new homes to comply with the new law. After November the votes will be counted and the action will begin all over the United States. Funds to help feed and provide necessities for these animals do not accompany them when they leave the Puppy Mill.
There will be a limit of 50 dogs per facility if the bill is passed in November. The rationale behind this is so adequate, good care can be given to canines of the breeders who own these. Do you question why the number 50 was chosen? That is a valid question, for sure. You will not find the answer from HSUS (Humane Society of the United States). Reputable breeders could have three times that many dogs and care for them well with hired help and healthy conditions too.
With that limit of 50 dogs, do you have a dog lovers heart and consider exactly what will be done with the excess over that number? Over populated shelters are filled to capacity now, with little room for maybe several hundreds of rescued canines when a raid is done on those calculated 3,000 puppy mills. That is right Three thousand is quoted on http://www.humanesociety.org Don’t bother to do the math to know the number at the end of the equal sign, since people who love dogs would not get any sleep from now until long after November, when voting takes place.
Several hundreds of dollars has been spent, through legislation, by HSUS to get this on the Missouri ballot. This is a mighty important control effort. The blog amount for this legislation has been seen as $ 450,000. Even if it were half of that figure, dog lovers jaws would drop. The largest humane society can easily afford that amount especially since legislation is the focus of that organization and markedly mentioned on the site on financial records.
Local newspapers printed reports of volunteers trying to get signatures at a fair and were asked by law enforcement to leave. The people with petitions were approaching everyday people to sign, while they were paid .75 cents for each name they acquired. Quick math here, will state a huge sum spent by HSUS right there.
The emotional triggers to donate once a person hears “Puppy Mill” and sees HSUS advertisements creates revenue for the largest humane society in the United States. That has worked with great success in the past, so why would that be any different now? Look for that effort which will be surely available with camera crews on sites if Missouri Puppy Mill bill passes. It is their baby, isn’t it? The repercussions of the upheavals are not their financial responsibility even though the dough will be flowing into that organization from those “rescues”.
If anyone thinks this is an isolated state and does not effect every dog lover, look at your local shelter now and compare what happens after November if the Missouri Puppy Mill bill is passed. The ramifications will be widespread. As raids or “rescues” from puppy mills are made, not all the puppies survive, are adopted or are saved.
Some shelters are barely scraping by with the funds they have in their budgets. Most are at or above capacity at the present time. Reading your local paper or calling your neighborhood shelter can solidify those statements for you. One day after this initial article was submitted, A digital Missourian at: http://www.columbiamissourian.com posted a guest column titled “It’s not about puppies” by Aimee Gutshall with verifiable data dated August 19, 2010. There are interesting comments on that column as well that would be educational.
Never should a problem be stated and left without some form of solution to remedy the open wound. Get ready now to be a part of the solution of the massive influx of dogs if this bill passes. Not just in Missouri, but every state has to be waiting with open arms to assist in keeping these “rescued” dogs that will be needing to be cared for elsewhere when their living conditions are changed. Supporting a local “No Kill” shelter in any way dog lovers can, should begin now.
Several ways to help are not limited to these suggestions.
1. If you are contemplating getting a dog for a pet, listen for the shelters where you can adopt one and plan on that new family member being included in your home.
2. Foster a pet in need until that pet can be adopted by another dog lover.
3. Donate to a “No Kill” facility so they can possibly expand the living spaces for pets. You would be a part of saving lives. Think how your $10 or $25 times many people can make a big difference.
4. Volunteer your time at a shelter which will free up a trained person to prepare some dogs for adoption.
5. Take part in fund raisers for the local animal shelter that has a “No Kill” policy. Ask where they need help and they will tell you many options.
6. If you have an idea that can help your local “No Kill” shelter, place a free letter to the editor in your newspaper to inform others of your idea.
Preparing for the massive changes needs to be done soon. All dog lovers everywhere will be reading about raids on questionable puppy mills if the Puppy Mill vote in Missouri passes. In less than 2 months Eugene, Oregon along with many other states can be effected by the Missouri Puppy Mill vote that will take place in November.