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As a guardian of a dog I love dearly and an animal lover in general, I feel obligated to share the story despite how much I want to forget. Driving down a country road in Daejeon on a journalistic quest to photograph the dog farms that are notorious across Asia, I expected to find the typical, bleak-looking lots with rows of dilapidated cages that hold the "yellow dogs" raised in Korea for food, or perhaps just a single, mixed-breed dog tied to a post in some Puppymills vs shelters essay corner of a yard.
Those scenes have become heartbreakingly familiar to me since I opened my eyes. On this occasion, however, my husband and I discovered a Great Dane sitting in the sun. Such a large dog is a startling sight in Korea. Though the popularity of small dogs has increased exponentially over the past 5 years or so, seeing one of the large breeds is still a rarity.
We quickly drove around the block, returned to park, and got out of the car. As I approached, the Great Dane didn't budge or bark, he only looked at me lethargically from his pen.
One of his eyes was red.
He was not interested in the raw meat at the other end of his enclosure. Then I saw 2 Rottweilers in the next pen, one had greenish crust around his nose.
The Malamute next to them was friendly and wagged his tail. Behind an open courtyard dotted with several piles of excrement I glimpsed a Great Pyrenees with some Collies.
Two dogs walked over to bark hello, but the third collapsed in the middle of the courtyard and lay there panting in the sun. She looked thin and frail.
By the entrance gate a Pomeranian and two other small dogs, all together in one cage, barked "Look at us, too" repeatedly. They were dirty but energetic. Not far from them, a Siberian Husky and a long-haired Sapsal-gae Korean shaggy dog sat next to each other in separate, dusty pens.
They both needed a bath. Then a man came to the entrance gate and so I said hello. He invited me in and quickly told me there were more dogs in the back. I quickly nixed the idea that this could be a stray-dog rescue in need of volunteers.
A Siberian Husky with a gorgeous face pierced her blue eyes deep into my heart. Her voice was like a whisper. Her vocal cords had been removed.
Walking down a long row of steel cages with wire floors raised a foot or so off the ground, the man introduced me to the rest of his dogs with an undue sense of pride. A couple of Malamutes with huge mats in their fur stood up and begged for nose scratches.
I wondered how the wire of the cages felt between the toes of such heavy dogs.Essay my best friend dog and animal adoption Pet adoptions, animal shelters, help to find lost dogs and services to find lost cats.
article “Children and Pets a Winning Combination” in the Psychiatric Times. This is a puppy mill: a horrific prison where life is commercialized. Adult dogs are kept and bred in dungeon-like conditions and their puppies- those that survive- are sold in the hopes of turning a profit.
Humane Society of the United States has responded well to large scale disasters (hurricanes) and puts on an effective annual conference for animal welfare professionals, making them both a role model for other national organizations and a resource for shelters across the country.
More pets in shelters need homes and are sometimes there as a result of puppy mills. Many pets are killed in shelters even if they are sweet and loving just because they are not able to find homes. Top 10 Reasons to Adopt from an Animal Shelter.
1. You save a life. All animals at our shelter are in need of a second chance. They have been lost, given up or abandoned. You encourage others to adopt animals from shelters.
When your friends ask where you got your amazing pet, you can tell them “at the shelter.” Your adoption may. A puppy mill is the rude, ugly, hateful cousin of the companion-pet world.
The cousin who runs the risk of tarnishing the reputation of every member of the family, even the well-meaning ones. In addition, it is a little-known fact that a quarter of all the dogs in shelters are purebreds, so even if you want a purebred, there is no need to.