Here are two women who are working, tirelessly, to save pets from puppy mills and pet stores. Yes, most pet stores get their puppies (and kittens) from mills. Those poor animals are subject to unspeakable living conditions and are often full of parasites, not to mention the medical issues.
In a perfect world, we wouldn't have puppy mills or kitten mills. People who breed animals would be responsible and caring and they wouldn't breed a dog or cat so much that it ends up worn out at a very young age. In a perfect world, we'd be able to shut these places down without a lot of hoopla... the authorities would be checking them weekly and closing them down if they don't have clean, warm, sanitary living conditions and if the animals aren't kept in proper cages...and given a little love now and then. In a perfect world, rescues wouldn't have to buy the mills out, sometimes - rather than leave the animals in conditions that would make your stomach turn.
We don't live in a perfect world. And because of that we have Felissa and Kyla. These two women don't bad-mouth breeders who are caring and responsible. They know breeders who are every bit as smitten with their dogs and cats as we pet parents are smitten with ours. And they know breeders who go to great lengths to make sure their animals are adopted out properly - to the extent that if one of their animals shows up in a shelter, these breeders are there to reclaim the animal.
Kyla fosters Boston Terriers. She gave us our Olive. Kyla is also an aerial artist. Her work is part of her passion for saving pets from puppy mills. She is performing in Boulder, CO in February - in an event called Don't Kill Bill: A Dog Lover's Night Out - which is in honor of her Boston, Bill - a good friend of Olive's. In fact, Bill came to visit last week, and after being separated for at least a month, Bill and Olive fawned all over each other, kissing and playing and just being happy to see each other! I hope all my Colorado readers will support Don't Kill Bill and attend Kyla's performance. You will be so glad you did! In fact, bring the family! Kids, especially, will love it. It's our own little Cirque du Soleil
Felissa has two little cavaliers - delightful dogs that she found in Germany, of all places! These dogs have convinced her to pay close attention to breeding and the procurement of pets. And, she has some strong words to share today.
Felissa recently discovered that ebay is allowing live animals to be offered via their classified section. If you're like me, you agree that this is unacceptable. How can they justify supporting puppy and kitty mills, this way?
Are we going to just sit by and let ebay do this? I hope not. I'm passing the word along, on Facebook and twitter and I hope you will, too.
Well, read what Felissa wrote and then go read her entire post - she really covers it completely:
E-bay might not allow the sale of live animals through their auction section but they do allow the sale of live animals through their Classified Section. Either way this is not ok. It was my understanding that E-bay would not allow the sale of any live animal on their site PERIOD. The fact that they are trying to get around this by allowing them to be listed in their classified section shows that they were trying to get around the complaints they have received from animals being sold auction style. They know that those of us who care about animals wouldn't find when we go to their site looking for different things for our animals or collectibles with our animals on them (plates, stuffed toys, paintings etc) because it wouldn't come up in our searches. Well the game is over and it is time to end the selling of Live Animals on your site for good.
Here is what E-Bay has to say about why they allow the Live Animal Classified Ads:
Free online classified ads have made it easier for animal lovers to find their perfect pet from local households, rescue shelters, and breeders.
Wow really? So now because people can find pets online E-bay has decided that they need a piece of the action as well? I don't think so. They claim to have safe-guards in place to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals for sale but that is absolutely impossible. We all know it, they know it, and the people selling their animals this way know it as well. You can find everything from Mastiffs to Chihuahuas for sale on the site and everything in between there is no way E-bay can ensure the health and safety of all the animals listed. (I just did a search for dogs but there are cats for sale and a slew of other animals.)