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I am afraid to imagine what is going to happen now that the volunteers transportation between the states is very limited. Pet stores will not buy those puppies because there’s nobody at the malls or pet stores that would want to buy puppies now to resell them and rescues are limited as far as helping.. Shelters are full already.
 

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Interestingly, my neighborhood was full of dog walkers and the local dog park was packed to capacity this weekend. It looked like people were trying to figure out how to get out of the house and be active while maintaining reasonable person to person distance.
 

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We have neighbors with dogs alright.
But I am not talking about that. We used to foster dogs being transported from all over the states by volunteers.. kill row dogs or puppy mill dogs...
 

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One of the problems with puppy mills is how quickly they can get up and running. Because of the low gestation period, early sexual maturity, and large litter size, a mill can go from a standstill to full speed very quickly.

Kind of like pig farming vs dairy farming.
 

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It would not be that fast but they actually use those viagra and whatever the cheapest contraceptive pills for the female dogs.. to get their cycles fast.
 

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Rescue retail will step up to the plate. It's an incredibly serious problem where rescues are buying puppies and dogs and paying more than top dollar for these puppy mill dogs using donation monies. Many areas of the country are experiencing an extreme, long term shortage of adoptable dogs which has created a huge demand for puppies and dogs from puppy mills, backyard breeders and even from overseas.

 

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Right now, the rescues I know are mostly suspending both intake and adoptions, hunkering down with whatever foster dogs they already have, and entering a holding pattern for this mess to pass.

NOBODY wants to go do home checks right now. We're all volunteer-based, so when volunteers say "no," it's game-over for us. Think about it: would YOU want to go into a stranger's home to inspect it, or have a stranger come into yours, during a pandemic? Transports also need to be suspended for a while for the sake of the transporters -- and to help flatten the curve for everybody else.

Human lives are now on the line, and we can't risk people's families--how many of us have vulnerable elders or others depending on us to not get them sick, or have vulnerabilities ourselves? It's totally reasonable for rescue volunteers to say "no" to business-as-usual and focus on their own health and families right now.

It's not like anyone is going to feel like adopting dogs for the next couple of months anyway -- bringing a new pet into the family isn't where people's heads are in a crisis like this. Add in the massive economic uncertainty (with fear of lost jobs and all the fallout that comes with loss of income), and consider what that does to adoption interest. Will there be dogs that die that would have been saved before the pandemic and economic meltdown? YES. At this point, though, in this moment, we simply need to minimize human risk, and keep people out of hospitals..
 

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I'm only 60, but I've never before seen this kind of panic in the general population that I am now!

Civilized behavior goes out the window ALL TOO QUICKLY!

We all need to remember we're in this together! Help your fellow man/woman/child/animal!!! The end of the world is a long way off! LOL!

It's a cold virus for *&&%$$# sake!
 
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