HUMANE LINKS & RESOURCES
Puppy Mills/Pet Stores
Why Do People Give Up Their Pets?
grandchild is allergic, no reason given, pulled on leash too hard...Most
of these reasons fall in to the Top
10 list of reasons for pet relinquishment according to recent studies.
I think most
reasons can be attributed to:
There are solutions to every
problem. For instance, I know of many people who are devoted pet owners
with allergies and even severe asthma. People can take over the counter/prescribed
medications and there are ways to reduce
cat allergens in your home.
It is heartbreaking to see
these animals, who you were so happy to see get a home, have to come back
and start the wait all over again. Please think about this when you are
thinking of adopting. Make sure yours will be a forever home for these
animals. They deserve that.
UNCHAIN YOUR DOG!!
I have seen so many dogs
in my neighborhood who live in horrible conditions either in a small
inappropriate dirty cage, small inappropriate clean cage, or on a chain
without adequate food, water, or protection from the weather. I have
commented many times to friends and others, "Why do these people
even own a dog?!" You can tell the dog is starved for attention
and stimulation. The few possible answers I could think of are:
- the condition of being uneducated, uninformed or unaware.
PEOPLE - disposed to inflict pain or suffering.
PEOPLE - inattentive, thoughtless, uncaring, and without empathy.
- GOOD INTENTIONED PEOPLE
WHO TURN INTO LAZY NEGLECTFUL PEOPLE - A dog is not like purchasing
a new toy/gadget to fulfull your latest whim. It is a 10 to 15 yr. commitment.
This animal will need care every day and attention everyday---anything
less in my opinion is unacceptable and cruel.
Aside from the cruelty of
it, I hadn't really realized the horrible deaths dogs have suffered
accidentally by getting their chain stuck on a fence or falling off
There are many alternatives
to keeping your dog chained and if you do insist on keeping your dog
outside there are better ways. There are some very informative and interesting
resources for this.
Why can't I leave my dog in my locked
car in the summer when it is 90+ degrees outside?
may think..."Do you need to ask?" But apparently there are
still some people out there who have not gotten the clue. Some people
will even criticize you and become irate if you go to the trouble
to take their pet out of a dangerous situation. Their anger is unwarranted
and wrong...it is similar to a parent yelling at someone for ripping
their child's clothing as they were pulling them from out of the front
of a speeding car.
It can cause the animal to suffer a horrible death
or have long term damage
A dog's normal body temperature is between 101 to
Dogs can't sweat, so in order to keep their bodies
from overheating they must pant. If they can't expel heat fast enough
their body temperature rises.
- A rise of 3 degrees to 105 is enough to put your dog into a dangerous
- Dog can no longer reduce body heat
- Oxygen demand goes up to where the dog cannot keep up
- A rise to 108 degrees can be life threatening.
- Heart, brain, liver,kidneys, and intestines start breaking down
at a cellular level at a fast rate. Even with immediate attention
the animal can have internal damage that will affect their health
in the long term
- On a summer's day of only 85 degrees, for example, even keeping
the windows slightly open won't stop the inside temperature from climbing
to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, to 120 degrees in 20 minutes.
It is against the law
- Humane Care
for Animals Act Chapter 510, in Illinois states, (Sec. 7.1). "No
owner or person shall confine any animal in a motor vehicle in such
a manner that places it in a life or health threatening situation
by exposure to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold, without
proper ventilation or other protection from such heat or cold. In
order to protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control
officer, law enforcement officer, or Department investigator who has
probable cause to believe that this Section is being violated shall
have authority to enter such motor vehicle by any reasonable means
under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate
the owner or person." CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT OR ANIMAL CONTROL
OFFICER IMMEDIATELY if you see an animal in distress.
Signs of Heat Stroke and Taking Action
- Symptoms: Heavy panting, hot dry nose, glazed eyes, a rapid
heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness,
lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or
purple tongue, and unconsciousness.
- Treatment: Take steps to gradually lower the body temperature
- Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
- Apply ice packs or cold towels to head, neck, and chest or immerse
in cool (not cold) water.
- Let animal drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
- Take animal directly to a veterinarian.
Print of some of these flyers to have with you so you can leave them for people who have left their dogs in cars:
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