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What Happens to Unwanted Dogs When They’re Not Adopted

HBO’s One Nation Under Dog pulls no punches in calling for real change in how America treats man's best friend.

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Julia Szabo

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June 18, 2012 - 11:20 am

 As difficult as this film is to watch, watching is well worth the effort. Viewers will finally understand that there are very simple but impactful things we can all do to help prevent the tragic waste that’s taking place every day at animal shelters across the country. For one, we can put puppy mills out of business by bypassing the pet stores. Instead of purchasing a pet-store pup, we can adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue organization. Petfinder is the easiest, fastest way to locate the new best friend that’s perfect for you.

This is the right, American thing to do. Just ask PJ Media’s Washington D.C. editor Bridget Johnson, whose beloved “Puppacita” is a pound rescue. Any size or type of dog is available for the adopting, from purebred to mutt. Shelter-dog adoption is cost-effective at the point of sale — in answer to “how much is that doggy in the window,” adoption fees are a fraction of pet-store price tags — and adopting saves money for the community by springing a dog from puppy prison. That’s a win-win if there ever was one.

Spaying and neutering dogs is another easy step all Americans can take to save its canine citizens. It’s high time to cut down on the dog overpopulation that meets its sad end in the cruel, costly gas chamber. Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. A simple spay/neuter procedure prevents unwanted births.

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