myhandleistrain said "I have heard several stories on how difficult it can be to adopt a pet. The pounds need to be careful so as to give the dog/cat a safe home, but in the stories told to me (people gave up and adopted a pet from Winnipeg) it sounded a little overboard. That being said, I haven't gone through the pet adoption process myself so I do not know first-hand. "
Our fur baby died a little over a year ago and we are now ready for a new one. I want to "save" one from a pound or rescue, and living in a huge metro area like Vancouver, you would think it would be easy.....NOT!!
I am constantly searching the listings just in case a good fit for us comes along. What I am finding is, instead of there being tons of pets available, you get diverted all the time to the"petly"site. And what do I find when I am there? Dozens of puppies needing saving. But when you actually read the fine print, you find that these puppies are supposedly being saved from meat markets overseas and you need to pay hundreds of dollars for flights to save the poor babies.
What I am beginning to wonder - due to some sluething and a lot of reading - is if these puppies are not being saved at all, rather actually bred overseas and using the sad story that they will be food. There is just too plentiful a supply, and they are all nearly identical in looks...it's just too convenient.
And you cannot tell me there are not local animals needing saving - we should not be transporting these poor creatures all over the world for profit.
So in answer to the OP's question as to why? Because people are SUCKERS. They will pay ridiculous amounts of cash for mutts, or pay for airline tickets to save a puppy from being food because it is a sad story otherwise.