This post is a topic that is extremely close to my heart - anyone who knows me knows my heart bleeds for animals. I get more upset when an animal dies in a movie than if a human does.
My boyfriend and I recently adopted our furbaby Pepita, which I touched on in my previous post. However I wanted to take the time to shine a light on the incredible foundation from which we adopted Pepita from. LOST DOG FOUNDATION is the foundation that rescued Pepita's mother and her litter of puppies from a dire situation in Tulum Mexico.
LOST DOG FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the lives of homeless street animals in Mexico and to finding them loving forever homes…they work with and assist grass-roots animal welfare organizations such as Tierra de Animales, Coco’s Cat Rescue and Isla Animals in Mexico who rescue, sterilize and rehabilitate street animals and offer them a second chance. Starvation, disease, abuse and neglect are daily crises for dogs on the streets. The conditions of many dogs who are lucky enough to be rescued are dire, and only the strongest will survive. It is critical that local rescues receive help to be able to care for these animals, as Mexico has no organized or official SPCA or humane society that helps animals at all. Lost Dog Foundation works to promote spay and neuter clinics whenever possible, as it is the humane and smart solution to being able to diminish the size of the street dog population. Lost Dog Foundation is based in Virginia, USA, but focuses efforts on areas in the Yucatan of Mexico where problems are rampant with street dog and cat overpopulation, disease and abandonment.
I wanted to send a HUGE thank you to the LOST DOG FOUNDATION for their tireless and unwavering efforts to help good dogs find good homes. A very special shout out to Cathy Cairelli and Cara Takahashi who fostered our sweet Pepita (aka Jessy & Dotty) in Mexico and Vancouver. I know without a doubt she is the amazing dog she is today because of the love and support you gave her along her journey.
To learn more about LOST DOG FOUNDATION, to donate, or to find out how to adopt through their foundation visit their website at: http://lostdogfoundation.org/
OR visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/lostdogfoundation?fref=ts
You can also visit their associated Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Help-Tulum-Dogs-1518411208428373/
Thinking of adding a pet to your family? I am a huge advocate for the #adoptdontshop movement and wanted to share ten reasons to consider adoption over purchasing your new best friend. I understand each family/household has their own unique situation, needs, and wants but I hope if you or someone you know is considering adding a furry friend to your household you will consider or encourage others to consider adoption over shopping.
Ten Reasons to Adopt a Pet
In case "Because it's the right thing to do" isn't enough...
1. Because you'll save a life
The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open up shelter space for another animal who might need it.
2. Because you'll get a great animal.
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets ended up there because of a human problem like a move or a divorce, not because the animal did anything wrong.
3. Because you'll get a great bargain.
When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes micro-chipping is usually included in the adoption price, which means you've scored a major deal—a fuzzy deal who will thank you with kisses or purrs for years to come.
4. Because of the bragging rights.
No one needs to see another selfie—unless it’s a selfie of you with the adorable cat you just adopted, like the hero you are! Adopt a pet, post the pictures and let the love (likes) roll in.
5. Because it's one way to fight puppy mills.
You're too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are "factory style" breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they're no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.
Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren't giving them a dime.
6. Because your decor will thank you.
Many of the pets from shelters and rescues are already house trained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug.
7. Because all pets are good for your health, but an adopted pet is good for your self-esteem.
Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.
8. Because you’re environmentally responsible.
You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn’t end up in landfills, and you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A “recycled” pet can make something even better: She can make you happy.
9. Because The Shelter Pet Project will make it super-easy.
We like easy. Go to the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. You want an orange cat who likes ear-scratches on alternate Tuesdays? You can probably find one.
10. Because you'll change a homeless animal's whole world.
And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better than that?
taylor ellen. xx