I just read an article in tonights paper that I wanted to share although it certainly is not pleasant.
The article warned people against giving kittens, cats, or other pets away for free. It seems there have been groups of people in the area who watch for free animals, then use them in training dogs to fight and kill. They advised anyone who needs to get rid of pets to ask for a fair price since most of those groups do not want to pay for something that will be killed. These people really turn my stomach, but unfortuanately they do exist.
i am totally against the idea of NOT giving pets away for free. the people who will use them badly will pay the "rehoming fee" i see everywhere, because they're usually profiting from that bad use. they can afford it. on the other hand, people who would rather spend the money on vet services and food and toys for the animal can't necessarily arrod the kinds of rehoming fees i see, sometimes hundreds of dollars! quite frankly, i think people who charge those fees, saying they're to prevent wicked people from getting the pets, are just trying to pretend they're not selling the pets, which of course they really are. so only rich people deserve pets? almost two years ago i was looking for a small dog because our old dog had died earlier that year, and we wanted another. everywhere i looked, no matter what the breed, including mixed breeds, no matter what the age, people wanted at least a couple hundred bucks for "rehoming." this was true online, on craig's list, everywhere. finally i made a post myself and i said my piece and what i was looking for, and a nice lady who had purchased a mixed-breed dog, only to find out her landlord wouldn't let her keep the pup, brought me the dearest little puppy and charged me nothing. we named her ramona and she is just a sweetheart. she has a good life. i could not have paid hundreds of dollars for her -- but a profiteer COULD have, and maybe, had i not taken her in, WOULD have.
Yes. That’s a huge problem. I used to buy neglected dogs from owners tied up in their backyards. Dog fighting is huge in Baltimore and they don’t mind paying for the animals and also steal a lot of them. There’s a problem of homes being broken into and pit bulls stolen. It kills me.