The United States of America is not doing enough to protect its companion animals. Countries like Sweden, Switzerland, and The Netherlands do not have stray dogs. They control who can breed dogs (no puppy mills) and they don't allow pet stores to sell dogs. They do not euthanize because of overpopulation rather they act as a community to take responsibility for the animals. In the Netherlands, animals have rights that are protected through a central organization that enforces strict codes of conduct.
We need this change in the U.S. at a federal level because state and municipalities are not doing right by animals in a lot of areas of this country. Too often municipalities actually make money off of how many animals they euthanize. Shelters (municipal pounds) often don’t make efforts to find the animals a home.
Companion animals need rights, they shouldn’t be possessions. We need to be guardians for our companion animals. Rescue efforts are amazing and so many animals have been pulled at deaths door. So many have not sadly, the ASPCA estimates over 3.9 million dogs and cats are euthanized yearly in the U.S. Rescue efforts are a band-aid and do not solve the real issues associated with animal overpopulation.
Please let’s work for a time when we can call our country a no-kill shelter country; some states already are working toward this. Healthy animals will not die in vain because of careless humans (we as a community). We need to reform the way we live with animals in this country so we can stop the needless killings.
Recently I read this great news about dogs in the Netherlands:
The Netherlands claims a zero stray population now. Thanks to good legislation, making spaying and neutering services free for its citizens, and some other really great outside of the box thinking. These things can happen in the U.S. Please check out how the Netherlands got to this shining example point: http://straydogscampaign.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/DR_Dutch-Straydogs.pdf