2011 / by Nancy Glick
Where have all the good dogs gone?
Why were they outlawed…every last one?
Who could have done this? What was the need?
Who is the cause of this outrageous deed?
We loved them all…purebreds to mutts!
We miss them so much...it so deeply cuts!
We loved them and cared for them, lovingly…daily.
Oh how they pranced, tails wagging gaily!
Who pushed for laws to take them away?
Who cried abuse somewhere every day?
Who was behind all the “Puppy Mill” bills?
Who said they saved them and then cried “Kill!”
Who said “One generation and out”?
Who and what was that all about?
Who said he’d like to see the morn,
When not another dog or cat would be born?
Who closed the breeding kennels one by one?
Who sent them to shelters and then did run?
Who begged donations for their care,
And offered not a dime to pay for their fare?
Who constantly cries “Deplorable conditions”,
In regards to so many dogs, cats and kittens?
When asked never gives any reason or rhyme,
Why did so many look good most the time?
If they were indeed living in filth,
Why were so many shining with health?
If they were neglected and spurned
Where is the filth from feces and urine?
The answers to the questions in the poem are The
HSUS - Humane Society of the United States, CEO
Wayne Pacelle, and the Animal Rights movement.
The HSUS movement is not about animal welfare, it is
about Rights. Any use of animals to them is
exploitation whether the use is pets, food,
research, entertainment, or education.
HSUS does an exceptional job of appearing mainstream
because to be honest about their goals would turn
away animal lovers who want animals treated
humanely. So instead they appeal to public emotions
while they make it increasingly harder to be able to
While HSUS, PETA, ASPCA, and other groups love to
tell the public that “every time you buy from a
breeder, a shelter dog dies”, that is very far from
the truth. I have listed below some facts that I
hope will help you see the truth.
1. Most overcrowded shelters are in the southern
states. Many northern and coastal states import dogs
from those shelters, and from out of the country,
due to a shortage of adoptable dogs in their
respective areas. This is because some cities and
states have done a good job of ensuring that their
residents are educated on the importance of spaying
and neutering pets that are not intended for
breeding. The key word is educated, not forced, to
spay and neuter pets. People comply more readily on
a voluntary basis.
2. We need shelters to offer accountability on why
each animal was euthanized. The number of healthy
pets killed can then be determined and a solution
can be more easily worked out.
a. How many were brought in specifically to be
euthanized due to old age, terminal illness, or
b. How many were euthanized because the shelter only
has limited space and even healthy large, dark
colored or reputedly aggressive breeds are
considered difficult to be homed?
c. How many are euthanized because they are feral
animals not suited to be pets?
d. How many are euthanized to make room for animals
seized in raids?
3. When animals are seized from kennels or owners,
records should show whether they were healthy and
social enough to be put into homes within days of
seizure. If so, were they seized as an example of
why a current law being pushed needs passed?
Such animal seizures have a very common denominator;
they are all cute, small, popular breeds that can be
easily re-homed through shelters. In how many of
these publicized seizures have you seen, Doberman
Pinschers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, English Sheepdogs,
or other large or giant breeds? Very few. Do you
truly believe only small dogs are abused or
How many of you actually look at the dogs being
seized in videos and on newscasts? If you’ve ever
seen pictures of animals who really were removed
from deplorable conditions…and they DO exist…you see
emaciated dogs with dull/coarse coats, very matted
hair, missing hair and open lesions, glassy and
matted eyes, and rescuers wearing protective
clothing, masks, and gloves. These animals are
dirty, sick, and smell strongly of feces and
ammonia. Those animals are afraid of people and
rescuers do NOT hug and hold them close.
Compare the above with roughly 90% of dogs ‘claimed’
to have been removed from deplorable conditions. We
see well-fed dogs with clean shiny coats; workers
carry them out hugging and kissing them. The dogs
are walking on leashes to be put into kennels to be
hauled away. How many look just like your dog?
4. When HSUS appears in the media after helping to
remove animals from any owner, they always ask for
donations to care for those animals. Are you aware
that donations you send in response to those pleas
do NOT go to the shelter that took in those dogs?
5. When HSUS asks in TV ads for $19.00 a month to
help all those ‘poor animals’ they show in their
ads, only a pennies on the dollar goes to shelters.
Over 80% goes to pay princely salaries and pension
funds for HSUS employees, to lobby legislation, and
for materials to promote a vegan lifestyle to our
6. Most legislation pushed by HSUS does not improve
animal welfare but it does make it more costly for
people to raise animals. It limits the number of
animals, in many cases, it limits the size and breed
that can be owned. It forces you to have surgery on
your pets at an age that can and does have
detrimental affects on their health in later years.
What it doesn’t do is educate ANYONE on the
responsibility of owning animals. You cannot
7. Our animals are being legislated out of our
lives. Whether you breed or just have pets, each
time the animal rights claims a victory, we lose an
animal. You can own 5 pets, then 4, then 2, then 0.
That is not a scare tactic. That is a promise made
by the animals rights groups.
8. There are many reasons animals end up in shelters
but I believe the newest reason is that people can
no longer afford them, thanks to all the
9. Shelters should be just that…shelter, not a place
where healthy animals are in misery until they end
up dead. Just as breeders and pets shops do, there
should be a pleasant area for people to socialize
with available animals. Families should be screened
and matched up with the right pet. Some shelters
are doing these things. Kudos to those shelters!
10. Breeders (usually) charge more than shelters
because they foot the bills to raise the animals
they own. Breeders do not run their businesses on
donations or government funding. Breeders don’t have
volunteers who come and help clean kennels. Breeders
don’t get donated food or supplies. Everything in a
breeder’s kennel was bought and paid for by the
breeder. Breeders put all their time and effort
into producing a good pup for you. If there’s a
profit, breeders must pay taxes but “non-profit”
shelters pay no taxes even when they have immense
would love to help close substandard shelters and
rescue scams, but we are too busy fighting
legislation! We fight to protect OUR right to
continue to offer healthy pets and to protect YOUR
right to own a pet. Please help us to help you.
Support your local breeders who care for their
animals. Support your local shelters and rescues by
giving your time or money directly to them.
Check them out before you “adopt” a pet there
instead of “buying” from a breeder who has lavished
years of love and care on their dogs. Dogs that
don’t get turned into shelters.
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