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"Pet Polls"

Just ranted to my coworker about the girls upstairs and their acquisition of a puppy.  In case you havent read it, here's the brief summary:

They purchased a mini black poodle from a man in a parking lot who told them it was pure bred.  This causes me all manner of craziness since I think it just encourages bad behavior all around.

My fellow animator at work things I am overreacting in the extreme. 

And so...a poll!

Poll #949592 Pet Procurement Poll

Would you buy a pet from a stranger in a parking lot?

No.  Pets should no be impulse buys.
9(22.5%)
No. I have no idea the history of this animal.
2(5.0%)
No.  It encourages bad behavior of the pet owner to not fix their animals!
0(0.0%)
Maybe.
6(15.0%)
Yes...look how CUTE it is!
0(0.0%)
Yes.  At least they're not just dumping the animal.
4(10.0%)
Yes...look how CUTE it is!
0(0.0%)

Am I being too judgmental of my roommates?

Yes.  Just because they didn't adopt from a shelter doesn't make them bad pet owners.
2(5.0%)
Yes.  Not everybody has to do everything like you would.
9(22.5%)
No.  Pets should not be impulse buys.
9(22.5%)
No.  Not as long as you keep having to ask them about the vet.
6(15.0%)

Am I being too judgmental of pet owners who don't fix their pets?

Yes.  Some pets have cute babies and have no problem giving them away.
1(2.7%)
Yes.  Not everybody *has* to fix their pet.
2(5.4%)
No.  So many dogs and cats get put down every year because people won't fix their pets.
29(78.4%)
No.  YOUR family dog had a litter of puppies!
0(0.0%)

Where have you got your pets?

From a shelter
4(10.8%)
From a friend/relative/neighbor
4(10.8%)
Stray I adopted
5(13.5%)
Purchased it from a reputable breeder
1(2.7%)
Purchased it from a pet store
2(5.4%)


Any other comments?

Comments

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tigrrgrr
Mar. 19th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
The only pets I have gotten from a pet store were a couple of finches when I was a kid and our first ferrets, the other ferrets we got from people who didn't want them anymore or the shelter. Had I known there was such a thing as a ferret shelter I would have gone there first.

I'm still a little irked that the shelter I got Shalia from did zero medical care, didn't check me out beyond the fact that my credit card went through and sent me home with an unspayed stray (and possibly pregnant) dog.
saladbar
Mar. 19th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oops, I did get my rats from a pet store...so I need to change that.

Otherwise, no dogs and cats from a pet store. Mine have always been mutts, but my daughter wants a shih tzu so we are researching that. Everything we read talks about the downfalls of pet stores and mills.

I'm planning to get a running mutt in the next year or so. There are so mnay no-kill shelters around here I doubt I have a problem.
theniwokesoftly
Mar. 19th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
My mom got a Shih Tzu a few years ago (see icon). She bought it from a woman she knew through her office who had a Shih Tzu that accidentally got preggers by another Shih Tzu in the neighborhood. Slightly irresponsible, but there were three puppies and she had them all immunized and sold them for $250 each. They're incredibly stupid, but they're adorable and very sweet-natured, not to mention small enough to keep out of too much trouble by just picking them up. So it's not a problem that they're dumb.
annilita
Mar. 19th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
I would buy one from someone in a parking lot, but only if it was very cheap. It's expensive to get pets from rescue groups and the shelters around here. ($75+ for a cat, over $100 for dogs.) I would not, however, expect anything billed as a pure breed to actually be one, though.

When I was a kid, we took in a stray cat and almost all that cats my mom has had since have been decendants of that momma-cat. We couldn't afford to have her fixed for 5 years when a local animal group started offering the procedure for $10. But we had no problem finding homes for the kittens. (She had 4 litters, we kept 3 of the kittens and found homes for the other 7.) And had we just left her on her own, all her kittens would have grown up feral anyway. So while, yes, I think that people should have their animals fixed, I don't think it's the end of the world if they don't, as long as they are being responsible about the off-spring.
swampfaye
Mar. 19th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
i know lots of people who sell dogs in parking lots... (generally poor white trash, but how else are they going to make the truck payment??)
theniwokesoftly
Mar. 19th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm torn here. On one hand, I wouldn't want to buy a puppy in a aprking lot, but if I saw someone with a kitten, I'd probably buy it to save it. OTOH, I'd be able to take care of it properly, which these people don't seem like they're really doing.

Actually, I was with my cousins in Montana on an Indian reservation, and we were selling fresh-made lemonade and these kids came up and asked for a lemon. They didn't want to pay so I told them I was sorry, but no. They came back with a KITTEN. A freaking 6-8 week old KITTEN and asked to trade it for a lemon. I gave them one in a heartbeat. (I didn't think my parents would let me keep him because I already had two cats and a dog at home, so I gave him to my aunt.)
deronimo
Mar. 19th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
My dog was given to my young boy relatives. "Some guy gave us a dog!!" they yelled, running into the house. "Give it back!" We told them.
"He's gone." they said.

When I saw the dog I knew he was mine so I adopted him and named him Charlie and he's the best dog I've ever met.

I don't particularly think you're being harsh or right or wrong. I do wish people would care for animals more, but I'm in love with the mutt who some stranger 'gave' away.
alexfiles
Mar. 19th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm with St. Francis on this one: take care of what's under your nose and eventually you fix the world. So while I would encourage people to foster pets for adoption and work through shelters, if there were an animal for sale/giveaway in a parking lot I thought I could help, I would do so. "What you do to the least of these," and all that. I would not put my faith in any claims about pedigree, etc., and would have it at the vet for checking as quickly as possible.

With rare exception, people who don't neuter their animals are morally negligent in my view. If you allow your intact tom to roam the neighborhood at night, you're potentially culpable for the dead cat on the side of the road you see a year later. In a world where humans control so much of the environment, leaving it up to nature is an indefensible argument.
jchammonds
Mar. 19th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
You'd think someone getting rid of animals in a parking lot would be giving them away. You'd think someone selling purebred mini poodles wouldn't need to set up in a parking lot.

Some pet owners don't fix their pets, but are responsible about them - the either care for the offspring and find homes or they put their animal up so it can't procreate. Others let their animals run loose, don't spay or neuter and then are irritated when they have babies. Those kinds of irresponsible pet owners really bother me.
elanswer
Mar. 20th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
I don't own any pets (and never have) but while I agree with you, Jett, in that I think all the things you pointed out are important, I think that sometimes folks just can't afford to do all those things (neuter/spay, checkups, etc.)

Part of me wants to say that they should not own pets, then, if they can't afford to take care of them responsibly, etc., but then I think, "Is that really fair, to deprive them of the joy of having a pet?" and then I also think, "But is that fair to the pet, to have an owner that can't/won't take care of it?" and then I think that the same thing could be said about human babies....

Really hard to say what is the right thing to do :(
wurtmann
Mar. 20th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Dorothy sold some of her puppies at a road side stand in a "far by town" before Katrina. Many people couldn't find their way to the farm. However, she has a good reputation and word gets around. I can't imagine forking out $300+ for a puppy I happened to see with an old toothless woman, a mentally challenged man and a pretty middle aged woman though. Ha!! Her puppies were bathed and smelled good and looked extremely healthy and had their first shots....
cynnyr
Mar. 20th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Oh man! Don't get me started!
You know, there are all sorts of irreputable pet stores who buy animals in any condition and every puppy mill knows where to find a store to sell their abominations. I worked at a couple of pet stores in my youth and the stories I oculd tell are shocking! As far as I can see, the only reason someone would be selling "purebred" dogs in a parking lot is if they were not purebred or if they were stolen. Never buy a purebred without papers. Never buy from a pet store. If you want a purebred, go to the breeder. If you don't want a purebred, go to the shelter.
I'm sorry Jett, I know that you know all this, but I just had to unload.
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