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Rescue Stamp by DianePhotos Rescue Stamp by DianePhotos
Ok, I know people will not like this, and I honestly don't care.

I've been working with animal shelters and rescuing abused rats for 2 years now and seeing so many people breeding their pets just because they think babies are cute / want to keep only one of them / think it's too complicated to separate sexes / just don't care about their animals and think the new ones will just replace the old ones as if they were objects really saddens me.

Why so?

When you're breeding your pets, the newborns somehow "steal" homes from all the animals already awaiting for a home. And I really mean it.
Sure, you'll give the babies to your friends or you've already found good families for them, or maybe you'll keep them all, but why not adopting a homeless animal instead? Why being selfish and wanting to see babies while you could be saving an animal who may be put to sleep anyday if no one adopts it?
Why not just getting an animal from a responsible breeder who has real breeding ethics (paying attention to animals health/behavior/longevity instead of just "how look, pretty colors and markings !!!" ) if you can't find one in a shelter?

Your animal does not feel the need to have babies, this is anthropomorphism. Babies are cute, right. But there are also abandonned babies in animal shelters, rescue litters, kittens, pups, baby rodents, etc...

Animal shelters are full of animals (not only cats and dogs but rodents, reptiles, birds, farm animals, etc...), they actually can't house all the abandonned ones so they have to put many of them to sleep. Don't say that's not true, I've worked there, I know what happens. Do not participate to the mass-killing of animals by breeding your pets.

Have your pets spayed or neutered, please... Respect animals and their lives. If you don't want to neuter your pets then don't allow them to roam with the opposite sex.

If you let your non-neutered cat roam in the streets, he will most likely mate with dozens of stray cats, which only adds to the already overwhelming amount of stray animals. Plus your cat could catch the FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) or FELV (feline leukosis) when mating with a sick stray cat, do you really want this to happen?
I don't think so.

Go visit an animal shelter, open your eyes please, I know baby animals are cute but is it really worth risking yet another life just for the sake of cute faces ? I don't think so.

To make my point more clear : I have nothing against GOOD breeders who have responsible ethics and breed animals according to their health/longevity but seeing kids breeding their cats (or any other animal) because "the kittens are sooooo cute" and people refusing to neuter their animals while they let them roam free in the streets and mate with other animals (which contributes to the insane amount of homeless animals) makes me SICK.

Based on $zilla774's stamp template : [link]

Eyes photos are from my own photographs of rescue rats :
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walnutpooh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I went to a cat breeder's house once. ALL the cats were kept in one room (except for the horny males kept in cages, which lived on a deck). I swear there was over 50 cats in there. They looked sad. They also had worms and diarrhea. I don't know how these idiots get awards for breeding cats. :no:
deviantdolphin Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Yes,THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS! I help out at a marine animal rescue center (wishing to be a marine biologist) and an animal shelter. I've been helping cats and dogs find homes for a while now.
RecklessJester Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally and completely agree with this stamp.
SpazzinCat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate breeders. :(
Renay89 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 <3 <3 <3
Mafia-Queen Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Photographer
my staffy Herbie is a rescue dog ^^ He's my best friend, but when we got him everyone said, Oh don't get a rescued dog especially not a staffy! stupid people ><
Fox-UNDEAD Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
My dog Yuki was adopted ^^~ My dad's and mom's friend caught it and took it to an animal shelter for us to adopt it.
Henva Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
unless your pets just choose for them selves is they what to breed or not, i have both male and female budgie, one was from the side of the road and abandoned and the other was from an aviary giving away free birds to good homes. They have a nest box in there, but they don't breed, the female likes to sit in there and stuff and play around with the wood. But if the two DO choose to breed, that's their choice not mine... if they DO choose to make a little budgie family, i would be most happy for them :) But forced breeding in animals should NOT be aloud, especially when they're in it for the money :no:

Now my birds are happy as can be, they have a love life, the female, Tashi gets lots of cuddles and the male, Cookie is happy, cheeky and naughty. They even have their own cage 'maid' the quail chook, who i suppose i 'saved' from the pet shop, because she was very skinny and almost featherless at the time..

Is anyone even reading this? lol
HyenaWolf123 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
i read it XD
ghostwolfen Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I got my first dog from a breeder, however we DID look at shelter dog's first however none were suitable to us or as a family the only dog in there that came close was a beautiful Labrador however at the time we had a rabbit and he was notorious for killing/chasing rabbits and to have him around would cause my other animals too much stress. I think it is important to look at shelters as your first base for an animal however sometimes you can't find the right animal to suit your lifestyle,family,other pets or your home because of the shelter animals temperament, past life or bad start-training from when (for dogs mainly) it was younger.

I think the main issue isn't good breeders its when people cannot be "arsed" to spay or neuter their animals and dump the "unwanted" offspring off at the shelters. I do think that people should at least try to first look at shelters and the animals there however I can understand if people want to have a puppy or a kitten and to start a "fresh" without medical issues or temperament issues (that some owners don't want to be put on with and I know that sounds bad but I can understand that mainly if you have a family or you just don't have the time to re-train that animal). However if you are experienced in that animal and you have the time or that shelter animal is perfect for you adopt.

Bad breeders are a problem
People who cannot be arsed to neuter or spay their pets are the biggest problem
Good breeders are not the problem on the mass basis.
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