Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe, Ames, Iowa

Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe in Ames, Iowa sells puppies from known puppy mills. 

As an animal lover, I am asking everyone reading this to please think twice before you shop at Dyvigs Pet Shoppe in Ames, Iowa. Every Saturday morning (and some other days)  animal lovers from central Iowa gather to educate the citizens of Ames about the pet store/puppy mill connection.  Dale Dyvig, owner of the pet store,  knowingly purchases his puppies from a “family breeder” in  the “Waterloo area”, or so he tells his customers… Century Farm Puppies is located in Grundy Center, Iowa and they are the definition of a puppy mill. Dyvig also forgot to mention that he also uses New Design Kennels in Rockwell City, Iowa.  As you can see below, the CFP breeder will even tell you that the puppies are not kept in the home! 

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The owner of the store and the employees have been feeding their customers that same line for over ten years. (The pet store here in Ames is not his first pet store, he has owned at least two more in recent decades- all while using the same breeders). Now is the time for people to learn the truth about where those puppies really come from. Keep in mind, when we talked with Dale before the protests began, he said that he had visited Century Farm Puppies and was okay with everything he saw.  Here is the handout Dale was giving his customers when the protests began.

CENTURY FARM PUPPIES, GRUNDY CENTER, IOWA

This is a direct excerpt from the Century Farm Puppies website. 

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Below is the most recent dog count from the USDA . As you can see, Century Farm Puppies has 155 adult dogs and 48 puppies. In recent years, they have had as many as 560 dogs on their property. While their numbers are dwindling, they still have far too many dogs in their care.  It should be stated that Dale Dyvig still used and approved of these breeders when they had all of those dogs and numerous violations. 

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Below are a few of the violations that they have had in the past which include: a build up of days old feces, on all of the flat surfaces of their buildings there was severe buildup of hair, dirt and other debris (which affected approximately 532 dogs at the time!!) Again, see for yourself. These are screenshots of the USDA reports.

 

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Century Farm Puppies has been downgrading in recent years due to public pressure and the fact that more people are “waking up” about puppy mills. In recent years they had over 500 adult dogs on their property, which is an insane amount of dogs to care for. Many people have criticized us for quoting previous USDA reports, please keep in mind that Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe has used this breeder for several years and has always known what is going on in the puppy mill. Here are some of their most recent numbers. 

DyvigsUSDAA local radio station decided to look into Century Farm Puppies, what they saw and heard there were very troubling. They were not only able to see inside of the “honeymoon suites”, but they confirmed that there were over 125 dogs living inside of the sundowner buildings within the metal barn, the barking was unbearable, and there was an overwhelming smell. Not only did this confirm to us that it is a puppy mill- but what the owner, Rex Meyers, said ON AIR about the puppies he sells to Dyvigs- “…we don’t sell Teddy Bears, so those I send to the pet store.  Because they’re a cheap dog. We’re known for Cavachons.  I’d rather sell Cavachons.” 

Straight from the breeder’s mouth. The dogs he sells to Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe are cheap. For more information on Century Farm Puppies, click here. 

 

 

NEW DESIGN KENNELS, ROCKWELL CITY, IOWA

Nancy and Tom Carlson of New Design Kennels are very deep in the puppy mill world. Not only do they have a huge puppy mill of their own, they run under TWO names so the public doesn’t see that they breed several breeds of dogs (New Design Kennel and Illusion Japanese Chin) but they sell their unwanted dogs at terrible dog auctions. Most recently, In May, Nancy and Tom helped out at another dog auction that I attended. These “reputable breeders” have no problem breeding dogs that aren’t healthy. If you read the article above, you will note that many of her dogs were missing teeth, eyes and had open wounds AT THE AUCTION! Below shows you an approximate number of dogs that she sells on her property and, below that, we highlight some of her violations. For more information on New Design Kennels, please click here. 

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If the inspection reports aren’t bad enough. Look at how these dogs are forced to live. 

Please remember, that the owner of Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe has been to both of these places and approved of how these dogs are kept. I am not okay with how these animals are living… Are YOU? 

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Sadly, Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe also buys their small animals from a large supplier of small animals.  Yes, there are small animal (and cat) mills too

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How can you help?

 

Call or stop in!

(515)233-5625 If you feel strongly enough (and are brave enough), contact him this way. Ask him directly about the puppies and the welfare of the  parent dogs.  We do not want to see a local business close down, instead we want the owner to choose a more humane business model by  either not selling puppies at all, or choosing to help shelter dogs instead! 

Visit us on Saturdays! 

A small group of us stands in front of the store every Saturday morning (the time varies) and Sunday afternoons , educating the citizens of Ames about the pet store/puppy mill connection. Whether you join us for the full two hours or just stop by to show you support, we would love to see you! You can find out when we are at the store, through our facebook page! 

THIS NEXT PART GOES FOR EVERYONE, IN EVERY CITY, IN EVERY STATE

Don’t give your business to pet stores that sell puppies and kitties. Pet overpopulation is a terrible problem in our country and only the consumers can help change that. If you are looking for a new pet PLEASE visit your local shelter. Over 35% of dogs in shelters are purebred, they are just overlooked. If you can’t find what you are looking for at your local shelter, please try www.petfinder.com It is a tremendously helpful site! You can search for ANY BREED anywhere. Don’t breed or buy while homeless pets die! 

 

 

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“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

 

 

Actual Dogs Sold from Dyvigs <—-> The “Sundowner Buildings” that the mill owners refer to as “honeymoon suites” There were three of these in one building at the mill.

How much is that doggie in the window?

How many of you have walked by the pet store and saw the adorable puppy with big eyes and a wagging tail? The puppy that is just pawing at the glass for your attention. All of us animal lovers have such a hard time just walking away because we want to save them all.. Out comes the money, and there you have it- another pet store puppy is sold to the first person with $600.

While it is partly true that we saved this dog from a life unknown, at the same time,  we have  just supported a puppy mill. Almost every time someone buys a dog from a pet store or online, the dog has come from a home in which the parents are merely thought of as property.

The  fact is that in the US there are almost 10,000 puppy mills operating today. This means that there are hundreds of thousands of dogs bred in conditions that are completely appalling. These unfortunate dogs receive no human contact, no exercise or veterinary care and are often kept in tiny wire cages trapped in their own filth. Many of them, once rescued, are unable to walk properly when removed from their cage and placed on solid ground. The only concern of the puppy mill breeders is the bottom line profit they can make at the expense of the health, safety and disposition of their “product”. These mills do not have heat or air conditioning, so in the winters many of the dogs freeze to death, and in the summers, the dogs die from heat stroke.

Even more alarming is the fact that the ASPCA (who did a survey of 800 U.S. adults from across the US), the “vast majority of people surveyed -78% of them- told interviewers that they believe that puppies sold in pet stores come from such places as shelters, or private owners whose pet had litters, or they really had no idea where these animals came from.” That is just appalling to me! I can’t imagine that 78% of Americans have NO IDEA what a puppy mill is. This has got to change!

My goal with this post is not to use scare tactics to educate people. I just want to lay out the facts so I can raise awareness for the Pet Store/ Puppy mill connection. Education is the key. When people stop buying puppies in pet stores or through online internet ads, the puppy mill industry will no longer be in demand and the misery will end. Please join me in this fight.

How can you help right now?

NEVER EVER buy a dog. Whether it is directly from a breeder or online. You are putting money into the pockets of people who are helping the high numbers of euthanized pets each year in shelters.  Do you want a purebred dog? Well statistics show that 33% of dogs in shelters are actually purebred. AND most backyard breeders aren’t selling purebred puppies! You are dishing out $600 for an adorable APRI registered dog, and that means nothing! APRI is a national registry that only has the breeder send in a photo of the dog and they take a look at the face and body. Then they decide whether or not it is purebred. There are no blood tests done. APRI also doesn’t ask that you screen the dogs for genetic defects. ANY DECENT BREEDER always wants to know exactly where the dog is going. They will want references and proof that you can have the dog where you live.

ALWAYS ADOPT from an animal shelter or rescue. These pets are not “broken” or damaged. They are simply hearts that need to be loved. I have heard so many people say that they are worried about the behavioral problems and training of a shelter dog. This frustrates me. Who is going to need more training than an 8 week old puppy?

NEVER GIVE YOUR MONEY TO A PET STORE THAT SELLS PUPPIES OR KITTENS.  Not for an animal, not even for food, treats or toys. By giving this store your business and time, it is letting the owner believe that he is successful. It is important to let the owner know that you are offended that he/ she sells these animals and that your  money will never go to his business. I suggest that you write a letter (make sure it is decently respectful) that explains your reasoning for not going to their store anymore. If they feel as though their business is being threatened, they might just back down!

ALWAYS try to educate. If someone you know wants to buy a dog, please tell them what their money is really going to. Even if you “do the research” and you have “seen the parents”, you likely haven’t. So many mills today have adult dogs set aside that look pretty and healthy, so buyers are relieved to see where their puppies come from. What you aren’t seeing are the dogs stashed away in that barn 100 ft. to your left. IF you are hell-bent on getting a purebred dog, go to petfinder.com. You can search for any kind of dog and it won’t cost you nearly as much to adopt him/her as it would to buy.

**I want it to be said, again, that I do not hate all breeders. If you have a small operation and you take great care of your dogs, then I am happy to see you around. It isn’t my intention to make enemies with this. I am just trying to get the world to see that by purchasing a dog from a pet store, then you are aiding in the suffering of its parents. NOT ALL BREEDERS ARE THIS WAY. But the great breeders do not sell to pet stores. I strongly suggest you look at the USDA reports for the Hunte Corporation in Missouri and the Kruse family in West Point, Iowa. These are the breeders that need to be stopped. These are the ones that clearly put profit over the welfare of the animal. **

Again, thank you friends for always reading what I have to say. I always love to read your feedback (whether it is negative or positive). And please PLEASE share with your friends! It is so important to get this information out there! Email it to family, coworkers, facebook it, tweet it… I don’t care! I just want to someday live in a world where we “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” and where people never ask, “What is a puppy mill?”

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–Mindi

“The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals”

A Rare Breed of Love

* William Baldwin  * Paul Harvey   * Lindsay Lohan     *Amy Sedaris     *Moby       *The New York Mets          *Joel McHale      *Montel Williams       * Steven Tyler       *Noah Wyle              * Judge Judy                  * Barack Obama

What do all of these people have in common? Baby, a three legged poodle. These famous men and woman have had the life-changing opportunity to have crossed paths with this puppy mill rescue.

A Rare Breed of Love, by Jana Kohl is a terrific book and very moving story of Baby who has had two very different lives. Before she was nine years old,  Baby was kept locked in a filthy cage and produced litter after litter of puppies to be sold for a profit.  Her owner, a California puppy mill owner,  was incredibly cruel.  To cut down on barking, every dog on site had its vocal cords cut (this usually happens by someone jamming a metal rod down the throat)  Baby’s only value to the mill owner was her ability to produce puppies.  When she was too old to breed anymore, the mill owner was going to have her and some other mothers killed because they were no longer useful to the owner. This is the day her second life began.

A good Samaritan rescued the dogs, and Baby was later adopted by Jana Kohl, the author of the book.  Jana and Baby wrote the book to bring attention to the terrible puppy mill problem here in the US.  The rest is history. Baby traveled across America, meeting so many people, and changing so many lives on the way.

This book gives us an amazing look into the world of puppy mills, and the life that can be given to a dog that was once treated like property. The reason I am writing this blog is because I have been in contact with Jana Kohl and not only did she give me 25 copies to sell (with all of the proceeds going to any organization that is working to fight puppy mills), she gave me my very own autographed copy!

So there you have it. A Rare Breed of Love by Jana Kohl! Please read it, or at least flip through and look at some of the entertaining pictures! 🙂

–Mindi

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For this, and more, I thank you

Every day I hear the stories… We all hear them.  The stories about beaten or starved animals that somehow survive terrible owners. The stories about perfect strangers falling into the equation, and making their lives better — whether these strangers take the abused animal straight out of the horrific home, or if they give them a second chance by adopting from a shelter.

Everyday I sign on to my facebook page and I see so many posts from all of you, trying to spread the word about animals that need adopting or animals that need transporting.

Every day I see everyone caring so much. I know that I am not the only one that wants to cry when there is news of an animal that needed put down because we couldn’t find it a home.

Everyday I am reminded more and more that I am not alone in this fight. There a millions of us that just want the world to be a better place for our pets. For this, and more, I thank you.

Thank you all so  much for supporting “Bailing out Benji”. You are helping to save the lives of those that need us.

Thank you even more, for giving a voice to those that have none. Because if we don’t speak up for them, no one will.

But mainly, thank you all for reminding me everyday how important this all really is.

–Mindi

Puppy Mills in Winnebago County, Iowa

I have noticed that over the last week, someone (or a few someones) keeps using that search phrase and keeps coming across this blog. Whether you are a friend or foe, I feel as though I must bring some attention to this!

In Winnebago County, IA, there are technically ten breeders that could most definitely fall into the puppy mill category. Not having gone to visit any of these myself, I can only speculate… I shall do so  now.

It is my opinion that, since there are only seven actual towns in Winnebago County, that it is the perfect place to have an operation like a puppy mill. It is pretty secluded and right along the Minnesota border! According to various sources, of the seven actual towns in the county (Buffalo Center, Forest City, Lake Mills, Leland, Rake, Scarville, and Thompson) , Leland and Rake are the only two without citizens that could even be considered puppy mill owners. Those aren’t very good odds.

Now that being said, I want to explain to you where my “sources” get their information. Most people who are licensed with the USDA to breed dogs, tend to have conditions that the regular Joe off of the street would find terrible. This is because they have been given permission to breed dogs and then sell them to pet stores. Now, breeders who sell puppies to pet stores must hold a USDA dealer license, and many states also require breeders to obtain a license to have a dog breeding kennel. However, the standards they must follow are little more than simply requiring food, water and shelter for the dogs. It is perfectly legal for a licensed breeder to:

  • Own hundreds, or even thousands of dogs
  • Keep all dogs in cages for years at a time
  • Breed dogs as often as possible, and to churn out as many puppies as possible

These standards set forth by the US government are not meant to make sure that any of these dogs lead a long, happy life; they are meant to impose the only bare minimum of care requirements. That being said, there are only a few inspectors in each state for the hundreds—sometimes thousands- licensed kennels. So you can find names and information about potential mill owners on the USDA website.

Now, because I have been accused of spreading propaganda, I would like to list off a list of things that send up RED FLAGS. Meaning, when you encounter these things, the breeder might more than likely be a puppy mill.

How can you tell the difference between a puppy mill and a “good breeder”?
In order to make money, a puppy mill operates differently than a responsible, humane breeder.

  •         The Mill Owner has several breeds of dogs for sale at the same time.
  •         The Mill Owner offers to ship dogs to new owners, without meeting you first.
  •         The Mill Owner will not allow customers to view their property or kennel. (OR they will, but you can’t see the living quarters of the adults, you are only allowed into the showroom to see the puppies)
  •         The Mill Owner does not require an application or references from people buying a puppy.
  •         The Mill Owner does not ask buyers to return the dog or contact them if at any point in the dog’s life if the owners cannot keep the dog.
  •         The Mill Owner has a very large kennel. Owning fifty to several hundred dogs is typical.
  •         The Mill Owner breeds females every time they come into heat.
  •         The Mill Owner is USDA-licensed so they can sell puppies to pet stores. A USDA license is a red flag that a breeder is in the business to make money.
  •         The Mill Owner does not screen his or her dogs for genetic defects

These are the facts. I am not trying to accuse every breeder of neglecting their dogs, and I am certainly not condemning every breeder in Winnebago to the puppy mill category. If you can honestly, 1000% say that you give each of your dogs the care and love that it needs, then awesome. But if you can’t, then maybe you need to reevaluate your situation. I firmly believe that there are good breeders out there. Breeders that care about each dog and puppy that puts its paws on their property… It is the other breeders that I worry about. Then ones that never let the paws touch the ground.

Again, i welcome any comments on this. Criticism or praise.

–Mindi

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Sorry Brandi– Kitties get it too…

Many of my readers (my sister included) hate animal abuse, but they are more “cat people”… Just because all of my posts have been about dog abuse or puppy mills, doesn’t mean that cats don’t get a lot of the same treatment…  Those are just the cases that get televised. Sorry, Bran, but cats are just as tortured as dogs in this state. This post is going to be about our feline friends who have made some very evil enemies. All of these cases are TRUE and they occurred in IOWA.

Sioux City, Iowa… Woodbury County… October 6, 2010…

A fun-loving kitty named Charlie was found with an arrow coming out of his head. THANKFULLY he is alive! He only had to spend one night at the vet clinic. The arrow wasn’t very sharp, so it ricocheted against the skull… Still, his owner, Chelsie Campbell will never forget the day she saw her loved family member… It is a shame, although Charlie is okay, no one has been able to find out who did it 🙁

Sioux City, Iowa… Woodbury County… May 21, 2010…

Stray kitty, Grace, was found by Office Jake Appel with a thee and a half-inch NAIL through her skull… MIRACULOUSLY, she lived! She was purring, happy, and walked right up to the officer. The nail was placed right between the cat’s eyes (which proves how purposeful this whole crime was), and was later safely removed by a vet…. No leads on who committed this terrible, terrible crime.

AMES, IOWA… STORY COUNTY… July 22, 2008

A cat had to be euthanized after he was found in his own driveway, paralyzed. This poor kitty suffered from severe spinal cord injury after being spun around carelessly by the tail. The kitty crawled all the way home, where he finally collapsed. His family had to put him to sleep because he was in too much pain… There are still no leads on this case.

Marshalltown, Iowa… Marshall County… April 30, 2008…

A stray cat was found shot to death by a BB gun. No arrests have been made and the case is STILL OPEN!

Little Sioux, Iowa… Harrison County… March 23, 2008…

A man was charged with animal torture after he murdered his roommate’s cat because he stepped in her fecal matter. The charges were later dropped.

Warren County, Iowa… Sept/Oct 2011

Three teens admitted to taking out their rifle and shooting what they “thought” was a feral cat. This cat turned out to belong to the family that lived next door and these boys had been in the house over 100 times. Upon realizing it was the neighbors cat, they freaked and dumped it on a dirt road (while it was still alive and fighting for its life). How did they get caught? They were bragging the next day at school and the cat belonged to a classmate. Needless to say charges were filed. If there can be any happy ending to this, I would say it is that the cat, Chester, found his way home a week later. Meowing at the back door and still suffering from the 3 gunshot wounds, the family rushed the cat to the vet and he should make it! The charges are still pending, but that poor kitty will never be the same 🙁

These cases are all so sad to read about… My heart literally hurts for these animals. No one deserves to go through life thinking that they aren’t loved. The point of this post is to show everyone that we are all in this fight together. Dogs or cats… Men or women… We need to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Those animals that make our lives better, more whole.

Just remember, Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter!

-Mindi

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Perfect Example!

This blog is, obviously, just my opinion… But I am going to add a link to what I FIRMLY believe is a dog breeder that falls under the puppy mill category. If I receive flack for pointing fingers, then so be it.  But again, you are reading my blog….

Here is the link

http://www.iowapup.com/

Yep… As you can see, you can buy a puppy like you would buy a pair of jeans… or a book. .. or a freaking lamp from IKEA… This is horrendous! This “Breeder” is from Altoona, Iowa… (I am trying SO VERY hard not to write his name down and just bash him…) But I do feel the need to educate as many people as I can.

I hope that you can all see why this is wrong. This “family man” doesn’t even care who his puppies go to. He accepts VISA or a Walmart Money-gram. He will ship these puppies anywhere, for the right price. I called the number, acting as though I were interested in buying a puppy. I wanted to travel the short 40 minutes to see a few, but he wouldn’t let me. He insisted that we meet somewhere halfway, because he didn’t want me to make the whole trip… RED FLAG ANYONE?! I can’t say it enough… These people are just terrible… I knew that people were money hungry, but spitting out puppies like a chicken spits out eggs? Really…. And that is how these dogs are treated… Kept in thin wire cages like a couple of hens…. Bred and then put back until they give birth…. Rinse… and Repeat…

I cannot stress this enough… ADOPT… ADOPT… ADOPT… Don’t give these breeders another way to make money. I know that the puppies in the window are so cute, trust me… But their parents are suffering so these people can make a quick buck. In what world is a tiny dog worth $600? Don’t get me wrong, I would pay as many vet bills as necessary to keep my babies alive and healthy! But why put a price like that on a dog just to simply own them? Because they are “purebred”? That makes no sense… I know many respectable breeders who truly love their dogs, and care about where their pups go. Their prices are low and they check on them from time to time… But shipping them because someone wanted to fork over money via mastercard? This man is seriously demented… And seeing how he treated me on the phone, he knows that what he is doing is wrong.

This is Minnie… She is listed on his site… Are those the eyes of a happy puppy? Or simply a puppy wondering why the human actually picked her up? You can always tell that the puppy isn’t in a healthy home when the pictures of said puppy have a weird blanket-type background… And you never see pictures of the litter together… Just one by one…

I had a man email me to tell me that I was spreading propaganda and that I was uneducated. I couldn’t help but laugh… I may not be the most knowledgable person on this topic, but I am no idiot… And this breeder is a puppy mill… through and through… Please help  me stop this! Email me… Comment on this… Share the link on facebook… DO  something…

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–Mindi

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You may say I’m a dreamer

BUT I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE!

(pictured are Zannah and Gabby)

There are so many people in Iowa that simply want the best for our pets! We want harsher punishments for when they are abused, we want mills to stop making puppies daily, and we want the dogs in the shelters to get adopted so they can know what a loving family is! I don’t think that these “wants” are out of the question. I feel like every living being deserves to be fed, to be healthy, and to be loved.

“I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!” John Lennon

That is why  I started “Bailing out Benji”. This Blog is just trying to gain awareness for the vastly growing problem in Iowa. That problem is animal abuse, pet overpopulation and puppy mills. In the first two months we have reached over 2000 people and gained their support! Who knows what will happen in the future!  All I know is that we are working so hard to make this a better place for our pets. If you are reading this, and you have any questions, please either comment on this blog or email me at peopleforanimals2011@hotmail.com. I will reply to you very promptly! It is so very important that we education as thoroughly as possible! Please help us to reach the rest of Iowa. Together we can educate the state on animal abuse!

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon

If you want to help… Please let me know! I have many small projects that I am working on, and I would love to get more help with them! For example, I am starting a letter writing campaign to a local pet store that sells puppies (that come from a known puppy mill)! That is such an easy way to help! Email me or comment for more information on the subject!

Just remember, we are the voice for the voiceless… Our lives begin to end the day that we become silent about things that matter.

Mindi <3

Just a Dog

JUST A DOG

From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,”
or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”

They don’t understand the distance travelled, the time spent,
or the costs involved forjust a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with just a dog.”

Many hours have passed and my only company was just a dog,”
but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by
just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch
ofjust a dog gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s just a dog,” then you probably understand
phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”

Just a dogbrings into my life the very essence of friendship,
trust, and pure unbridled joy.
Just a dog brings out the compassion and patience
that make me a better person.
Because of “just a dog I will rise early, take long walks and look
longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it’s not just a dog
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

Just a dogbrings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts
away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that its’ not just a dog
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
“just a man” or “just a woman.”

So the next time you hear the phrasejust a dog,”
just smile,
because they “just don’t understand.”

~Unknown Author~

My babies… Ellie on the left… Zeppelin on the right…

When I read this poem, I couldn’t help but think about all of our work trying to help the pets of Iowa… I know that I, for one,  have heard so many insults through this… I have been referred to as a “crazy PETA lady”  and have been told that I am not educated enough to know what I am trying to change… I have even been told that I am trying to push an agenda that I know nothing about… To me, none of this rings true. I am simply a pet owner, and an animal lover… I just want everyone to see that our pets aren’t “just animals”. They deserve to be protected like everyone else.

With “Bailing out Benji”, we are just trying to educate as many people as possible… So if you are one of those people that don’t see your pet as “just an animal”, then you should definitely be a supporter of our cause… Because we need to have more people like you on our side!

Mindi <3

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Animal Shelter Facts

Pet overpopulation is a big problem in this country. The simple truth is there are too many homeless dogs (and cats) and not enough FOREVER homes. Having our pets altered(fixed)  is a solid and effective defense. There are very few no-kill shelters in America, so many dogs are euthanized on a daily basis.

 Below are a few of the grisly statistics compiled by national publications and animal rights organizations.

It costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated $2 billion each year to round-up, house, kill, and dispose of homeless animals. (USA Today)

Over 56% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed, based on reports from over 1,055 facilities across America. (National Counsel on Pet Population Study)

An estimated 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. That’s one about every six and one half seconds. (The Humane Society of the United States) Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before dying. (Doris Day Animal League)

In six years one unspayed female and her offspring, can reproduce 67,000 dogs (Spay USA)

The perceived high cost of altering is not the problem, but the lack of education on its benefits. On average it costs approximately $100 to capture, house, feed and eventually kill a homeless animal – a cost that ultimately comes out of our pocket. Low cost spay/neuter services are far below that amount. (Doris Day Animal League)

The cost of having a pregnant female can be much higher than the cost of spaying

Seven dogs & cats are born every day for each person born in the U.S. Of those, only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens say in their original home for their natural lifetime. The remaining 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter (The Humane Society of the United States)

Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals (Spay USA)

The public acquires only 14% of its pets from shelters; 48% get their pets as strays, from friends, from animal rescuers, 38% get their pets from breeders or pet stores (The Humane Society of the United States)

In a study of relinquishment of cats and dogs in 12 U.S. animal shelters, 30% of the surrendered dogs were purebreds. The same study indicated that 55% of the surrendered dogs and 47% of the surrendered cats were unaltered. (Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science)

The Humane Society of the United States provided these statistics:

  • Number of cats and dogs entering shelters each year:
    8–10 million (HSUS estimate)
  • Number of cats and dogs euthanized by shelters each year:
    4–5 million (HSUS estimate)
  • Number of cats and dogs adopted from shelters each year:
    3–5 million (HSUS estimate)
  • Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from shelters each year:
    Between 600,000 and 750,000—15–30% of dogs and
    2–5% of cats entering shelters (HSUS estimate)
  • Number of animal shelters in the United States:
    Between 4,000 and 6,000 (HSUS estimate)
  • Percentage of dogs in shelters who are purebred:
    25% (HSUS estimate)
  • Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2
  • Average number of puppies in a canine litter: 6–10

Only when we are aware of the problem, can we truly be a part of the solution!

The point is… If you love your pet, get him or her altered. There are enough puppies in this world that need loving and FUR-EVER homes.

 

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