Some Cold Hard Facts about “The Miracle of Birth”

You want your children to experience the Miracle of Birth, so your dog or cat is going to have babies. Oh, you’re so excited! But let’s step back from the excitement and look at some cold hard facts:

What’s going to happen to those babies? The average size litter of kittens is between 2 and 5, but some cats can have 8 or more kittens. Dogs have an average of 6 puppies. What’s going to happen to those babies? Are you prepared to keep them? Do you have that many homes lined up for the babies?

We’ll offer them “Free to a Good Home”

Free sounds good, right? But the more you pay for something, the more you value it. Free kittens and puppies are more often abused or neglected. They could be taken and used for bait for fighter dogs. They could be taken to feed pet snakes. They could be collected and sold to laboratories for research. They could be used as breeders in puppy mills. Or they could be adopted by animal hoarders. Is this the lesson you want to teach your children about the Miracle of Life?

We’ll take them to the Animal Shelter and they’ll find them good homes

According to the Humane Society of the US, between 6 and 8 MILLION animals are surrendered to shelters each year, and about half of those are euthanized. They estimate the numbers because there is no standardized method of keeping track. Many people who work in animal control care about animals and try to help them. But the truth is, there’s just not that many families that can take in these animals, especially in today’s economy. Sure, your kittens or puppies are cute and may be adopted, but they may not be.

We’ll take them to a No-Kill Shelter

No-kill shelters are wonderful, and they tend to stay full. You may be able to surrender your sweet babies, or you may be put on a waiting list. And while the vast majority of Rescue groups and no-kill shelters are on the up-and-up, there are a few that aren’t. There have been rescuers that turned out to be a front for animal hoarding. There are also no-kill shelters that transfer animals to kill shelters when they become full.

We’ll take them to the country and let them return to the wild, as God intended animals to live.

Domesticated animals are not equipped for living in the “wild.” Yes, they do have instincts and can hunt, but they are easy prey for other animals. They also damage the eco-system by killing prey to survive. And since there are few truly “wild” areas in the US, those animals will most likely end up on someone else’s property, causing damage to property, injuring livestock or pets, or perhaps even people.

Every animal living in our home was a rescue. I was found on a busy street with a collar. Even though Jen ran ads and called local vets and shelters, no one claimed me. DeDe was living at the local trash dump when Jen brought her home. Junior and Bubba were living on the property of the place where Jen worked- apparently they were dumped there. We didn’t just appear out of nowhere…. at some point we each had homes.

Are you still insistent on experiencing the Miracle of Birth?

Find yourself a reputable breeder and ask them if you can be a part of the experience, either in person or though photos and blog entries. Then get your pet spayed/neutered, and teach your children why that was the right thing to do.


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31 thoughts on “Some Cold Hard Facts about “The Miracle of Birth”

  1. That’s why Mom has her own traps – she does trap/neuter return here. Too many babies get killed every day because of stupid humans. And stupid humans think cats can survive anything – Fuzzy was killed in our yard by a coyote. Mom is STILL mad at the coyotes! Fuzzy is Apache & Amigo’s Dad – and she loved him very very much – even though he was a true feral.

  2. Mom and Dad feed everyone! We just had 6 big bucks here for dinner! Flower (the skunk) and Priscilla (possum) will come later. We even have baby deer!

    Mom gets very sad when she sees people being dumb with animals

  3. Thanx for stopping by Rumpy 🙂
    So we thought we would return the favor, very nice post and I do like how you ended it with the reputable breeder part (thats us) because without them we would lose so many wonderful breeds of dogs that have been around for hundreds and even thoudands of years. It’s just like the sayin goes “a few bad apples spoil the cart”
    We’ll be back to see what your up too, have a roo roo good day!!!!

    1. Yeah, we have no beefs with reputable breeders that care for their animals. But we all know that there are lots of folks that simply do not think through this decision to breed a pet.

  4. Very good points! I do want to breed Layla, but I’m having a very hard time finding an appropriate male. If the choice comes between having a less-than-ideal male and never breeding her, she’ll never get bred. It defeats the purpose.

    I had her with me once and some man came up to me asking if he could breed his male to her. It turns out it wasn’t even a Malamute. It was in the checkout line of a pet store. It’s bad enough when a man tries to hit on a woman in the checkout line, but to proposition her dog? Obviously I told him “hell no”.

    As far as the druggies and insurance, I know exactly what you mean. The good news is, most insurances do flag early fills. The people will use their insurance at one pharmacy and then pay cash at the others. Often they’ll get confused and come back to the same pharmacy, which is one way we know to start watching them. As soon as someone says, “Don’t put that through my insurance” we immediately know to look into it.

    A lot of people get those discount cards online. Since they aren’t insurance there isn’t a database to flag early fills. They just fill the prescriptions as often as they want and nobody knows, unless the pharmacy (me) makes sure it’s not early.

    The worst part is, I’ll never get a thank you or commendation. I was actually told not to ever tell my supervisor all that I do because I’ll be written up for costing the company money. Obviously they don’t care about patients, only the patient’s money.

    1. Perhaps the AKC can help you there. May I suggest you talk to some reputable breeders to help you through the process. One has posted a comment on this blog entry!

      1. I’m involved with the AKC and know a lot of reputable breeders; people that I wouldn’t hesitate to get a dog from or refer other people to. But even though they’re reputable, I don’t find their stock to be appropriate for what I want to breed Layla to. You’re right though; people need to understand what really happens to puppies. They don’t know that in some cases the ones who do wind up in shelters are the lucky ones. It’s very sad.

    1. Yes, that is so true! And there are rescue organizations that have pure-bred puppies. My friends at Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas currently have dachshund puppies available for adoption.

  5. It’s a very heartbreaking subject Rumpy and people like your Mom are to be commended for such honest and thorough reporting on a subject that often gets swept under the rug. Education and communication of the vicious plight of cat and dog overpopulation and the need to increase shelter adoptions is vital. With a country as educated as ours, it seems inexcusable that these alarming statistics continue

  6. Thank you for posting these facts! Some people just don’t understand. Then its the animals that suffer. Since we volunteer closely with a rescue group, we hear so many heart-breaking stories. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ll be following!

  7. When a family’s dog or cat has a litter, often the friends of that family feel guilty and take one of the puppies or kittens. They may or may not actually want a pet. They may or may not be totally interested in that particular breed. They just take one to be nice and since they might want a dog someday anyway.

    That’s irresponsibility on both sides!

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