The plight of these cute German Shepherd-Husky mix puppies was featured on the local newspaper website with pictures in the early afternoon. By the end of the day the shelter had been flooded with calls from people interested in adopting them. In all about 100 people showed an interest in the puppies.
A dozen people showed up on the day the shelter announced that the puppies were ready for adoption and they quickly found new homes, including one puppy with a deformed leg which will need surgery.
A great success story. But wait. There’s more.
It seems the Good Samaritan who brought them in did not find the litter on the road as he claimed, but at his daughter’s house. Since she lived outside the city limits, he was afraid the shelter would not take them.
After the story broke of the abandoned puppies, a man called 911 saying he knew who had dumped the puppies on the road because he had gotten a puppy from that litter. That night deputies paid the woman a visit. She admitted they were her puppies and she had asked her father to turn them in. The father confessed that he made up the story.
So. No law had been broken. The man who brought them in just wanted the best for the puppies. The shelter does take litters from outside the area, and, of course, no one wanted to return their puppy when the truth came out.
But I have to wonder at the fate of the puppies if there had been a non story of a man bringing in a litter of puppies that his daughter couldn’t find homes for.
Since there are obviously many people who want a dog if they know one needs a home, maybe shelters and local media could work together to find creative ways to market dogs when they don’t come in with an exciting story.
Nathan Winograd does the math here.
• 90% of the 6-8 million animals brought to shelters are savable. The numbers are approximate, but eight million is a high end estimate.
• Of the 7 million adoptable ones, 4 million find homes; 3 million are killed.
• 17 million people are looking to bring a new dog or cat into their home and can be influenced to adopt from a shelter.
• 17 million people to 3 million pets
Many shelters have achieved the 90% adoption rate.
Winograd believes we should stop blaming the public and demand that shelters do their jobs. More from Nathan Winograd on the myth of pet overpopulation.