feliscanis:

this shelter i’m looking at charges an adoption fee of $400 plus a “donation fee” of $200, for their dogs.

wha…what? if a donation is compulsory, it’s just a fee. it’s a $600 fee. that’s what that is.

on top of that, you don’t get an animal if any of your current animals are not neutered.

i am forever amazed when i see shelters charging anything under $350 for a dog, honestly. we just don’t have that here.

also another rescue refuses to use the word owner if it’s not surrounded by quotations. this dog needs a strong “owner”. this dog would do well with an “owner” with experience. get over yourselves seriously.

Daaang, that’s high.  You can totally get a good, legit, purpose-bred dog for that, with all kinds of health testing and knowledge of parents/temperament.

Which is not to say the shelter’s dogs are any less worthy, or that they don’t need to pay their bills…but yeah, folks are going to go to shitty breeders if they’re all charging that much.  I see the same problem with rabbits.  If a shelter wants even $60 for one mystery mutt rabbit, you could easily get either

- A top quality, purebred, pedigreed show bun, or
- Literally 12-15 random mutts on Craigslist

Sure, shelters generally include shots and neutering, but those only really matter with dogs and cats.

As for the names of the fees: Admit it, shelter folk!  You are SELLING animals, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

stevewyshywaniuk:

azspot:

Fight for 15 // Strike Fast Food

Nobody should be surprised by this, but they will be.

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predatorsupportclub:

onegreenplanet:

Why Breeding Pets Is Irresponsible. Period.

This whole article is such a load of bullshit I don’t even think I have the care to dissect the whole of it but a few points

 - Yeah. good, use a breed with extremely awful health to draw people to the article. Let’s pretend there aren’t hundreds of other dog breeds(Not to say, the article only mentions dogs, why is the title about pets)

 - Pet overpopulation, okay, yeah, that’s an issue(greatly depending on geographical area, but I’ll go with it). Adopting shelters will never be the cookie cutter perfect for everyone, there’s no safety in just picking up whatever at the shelter without being familiar with the lines, which is actually a big deal when you’re looking for more than just a companion. This plays into getting the correct drive(etc…) for working dogs, and the fact that alot of shelter dogs have been bred to ruins when it comes to their mentality. With purebreds you can look up the dogs family history, and hopefully meet the parents. 

 - For gods sake, shelter mutts arent healthier than purebred dogs. You might get a bigger gene pool, sure, but if you breed a brachy dog with a brachy dog youre still gonna have a brachy dog. They CAN be healthier, but again, it’s much safer to know about the relatives history of health, as I mentioned above. 

And this I think is overlooked a lot, but people buying from breeders aren’t the problem, the people buying dogs and then dropping them off at shelthers because they got bored are the problem. 

TL;DR if you’re looking for a dog, working or just a companion, buying a purebred from a breeder is a safer bet than shelter dogs, because of the available history of the family, the focus on mentality with responsible breeders, and usually a go to person for help. 

Like, go adopt a shelter dog if it works for you, good for you, piss of with the holier than you attitude

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feliscanis:

ceremoniials:

He’s fucking that ball. This is a gif of a rabbit trying really hard to get it on with a toy.

and he probably succeeded. that ball is now covered in rabbit excitement.

Yep, that looks a lot like the classic success spasm that bucks do when they, er, complete mating.  They usually fall off the doe sideways, but this is totally likely as well.  Sometimes they get a bit vocal about it.  It’s pretty ridiculous.

feliscanis:

ceremoniials:

He’s fucking that ball. This is a gif of a rabbit trying really hard to get it on with a toy.

and he probably succeeded. that ball is now covered in rabbit excitement.

Yep, that looks a lot like the classic success spasm that bucks do when they, er, complete mating.  They usually fall off the doe sideways, but this is totally likely as well.  Sometimes they get a bit vocal about it.  It’s pretty ridiculous.

dontneedyourheroact:

shout out to natalie dormer and nicki minaj for both walking a fine line between ‘ethereal princess’ and ‘otherworldly predator’

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Whatever else may happen today, I had a really good cup of tea.

simply-canine:

letmeletmetrashyourlove:

People: Your dogs are so cute. Did you adopt them?
Me: No, I’m their biological mother.

#well there is a dif between adopting and buying #buying is when you get them from the pet store #adopting is when you get them from the shelter #the more you know

I think you’re missing the point: people love to ask me whether my dogs are adopted as a way of passive-aggressively shaming me for having not gotten them from a shelter, and will sometimes chew me out if I dare say no. It’s stupid and annoying as hell, so now I just respond with this and nobody knows what to do with it (it’s lovely).

Plus, although I got my dogs from a breeder, I got my second dog for free. I didn’t buy her, but I didn’t “adopt” her either, so what does that make her? And more importantly, why the hell should it matter to anybody else?!

Also!  When you get a dog from a shelter, you give them money, and they give you a dog.  That is the definition of buying something.

I’m starting to feel like the whole “adopted” vs “bought” dichotomy is just meant to shame people for having anything other than shelter dogs at any time.

foreverphantomhive:

riverplants:

foods that will poison cats:

  1. alcohol 
  2. chocolate
  3. caffeine
  4. dairy products (adults turn lactose intolerant)
  5. fat trimmings, raw meat, eggs, fish
  6. grapes and raisins
  7. onions and garlic
  8. tuna (when not made for cats)
  9. xylitol (artificial sweetener)

if you have a cat please reblog this

Even if you don’t have a cat please reblog this for all your followers who may have their own precious little baby.

"5. fat trimmings, raw meat, eggs, fish"

Raw meat is actually probably the ideal diet for cats.  Don’t just chuck a steak at them or anything, like do some research, but it’s pretty much the opposite of poison.  I think raw-fed-pets (and others) have addressed this?

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theon-stark:

What’s it like having a fever? I’ve just realised I’ve never had one before. Do you really hallucinate and sweat and stuff?

What? Never? Whoa. You must be the very healthiest. I’ve never had a high enough fever to hallucinate; I think that’s pretty extreme. Mostly it’s general cruddiness plus feeling hot and cold at the same time. LIke you’re uncomfortably warm and kinda sweaty but also you just cannot get warm enough no matter how many sweaters you put on (there comes a point of too many sweaters, and that’s not really better, just sweatier). Kinda woozy, too.

indikos:

vulture-kvlture:

omgtsn:

a masterpost

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SPOOPY IS MY FAV WORDDD

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