Companion Animals ("Pets")
The time is coming, however, when people will be astonished that mankind needed so long a time to regard thoughtless injury to life as incompatible with ethics.

          —Albert Schweitzer
Washoe County has something to be proud of on a national basis. The animal shelters here work with the Humane Society of Nevada to adopt out abandoned, found, stray and surrendered animals.

The "No-Kill" policy in the county has become a model for other counties on how compassionate principals can be successful both financially and for making a caring and complete community.

Aquiring a companion for life.

If you walk into a so-called "pet store" and see too many very young puppies or kittens running around, you've come to a place that gets their animals from what is known as a Puppy Mill. This is a bad situation. You will end up with a sick puppy as the conditions in which these animals are farmed is deplorable. DO NOT BUY FROM THESE ESTABLISHMENTS! Larger pet providing corporations have learned this. You won't see cage after cage of puppies in PetSmart or PetCo. You will, however, see local Humane Societies and SPCAs providing animals needing loving homes from their shelters.

Numerous animal "owners," who for many decades have had companions from shelters and breeders, swear that a shelter animal is the better one. My buddy, who happens to be canine, was in a local pet products warehouse when I went in for goldfish food. He was there with the Humane Society and he quite simply, stole my heart. He is a magnificent fellow, 100% on voice command. He has changed my life so much for the better. All who meet him shower him with kudos for being handsome, bright, fit, kind and for his athletic prowess. Very clearly one does not need to get a dog from a breeder when so many like Brooks are available for a small fee at non-profit organizations. Something else to think about, pure-bred dogs, on the whole, seemt to have shorter life-spans.

See also,
Puppy Mills Are Cruel, ASPCA, 6/2013.
From the RenoVegans Facebook Page
Resources for you and your compaions

Aquiring a companion

Supporting Your New Family Member

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