This PSA features a totally made up service to highlight a very real problem. And the fact that so many people (myself included, for a minute there!) have been fooled into thinking it's a *real* service shows just how big this problem is.
Puppies are just *the greatest*, aren't they?
All that cuteness bundled up in one happy little ball of fur...
Nothing could be better.
"I GOTCHOO, little human."
But we all know they don't stay puppies forever.
They get old, they lose their puppy fluff, and sometimes, they get into big trouble.
"Nom nom nom toilet paper so tasty."
What if there were a service that would send you a puppy, then let you swap it out for a new one as soon as it got old?
Simply log in, fill out some preferences, and *poof*! A new puppy arrives at your doorstep.
Puppy getting too big? Not that cute anymore? No problem! Just click to swap.
So cool, right?!
"Bye, old dog! Have fun on the farm!"
WRONG. IT'S CREEPY. Pet ownership is for life.
Even though it might sound nice to experience the joys of having a puppy without any strings attached, pet ownership is, in fact, a serious, long-term commitment. Just because a puppy is hard to train or an older pet might pick up some bad habits doesn't mean you can return them when you're done.
"I take you, Rover, to be my doggie, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in dog breath, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part."
Unfortunately, too many people don't take this commitment seriously.
And by "too many," we're talking about a whopping 6 to 8 million. That's how many cats and dogs enter U.S. shelters annually: 6 to 8 million.
The worst part? 2.7 million of those animals get euthanized every year.
But what about *responsible* pet ownership? What does it look like when you do it right?
What a well-trained human!
Interested in getting a furry companion for yourself? Follow these tips.
First of all, make sure that you're adopting your pet and not buying one. Even though pet adoptions usually have a fee, the fee is lower than what most pet stores or breeders charge, and pets that are adopted from shelters are ones that have been abandoned.
Second of all, if you're thinking of adopting a furry companion, check your local shelter to see if they have a fostering option for dogs or cats. That way you can give some animals a little TLC and a break from shelter life without committing to keeping them forever — at least until you find one that matches your lifestyle and personality.