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Sample Newspaper "Letter to Editor"


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       I was distressed at the number of "Free Pets to Good Homes" ads in the newspaper tonight, and just had to write to let people know what happens to many of the pets obtained through such ads. Much too frequently, local animal shelters and rescue organizations are called in to rescue former "free to good home" pets--if the pets are lucky.

       There are very good reasons that animal shelters and rescues all charge an adoption fee for their animals. These small fees in no way begin to cover the cost incurred for medical treatment and upkeep of the pets they adopt out.

Did you know:

  • People value what they pay for. Pets obtained for free are more likely to be abused and/or discarded, because "there are plenty more where that came from!"

  • Puppy millers take free unspayed/unneutered pure-bred dogs for breeding stock.

  • So-called "Bunchers" gather free pets until they have enough to make a trip to a lab worthwhile, then sell them for experimentation!

  • Free animals are taken to "blood" pit-bulls and other fighting dogs - -to train them how to kill, and to enjoy it!

  • According to one Humane Society, free kittens are being taken to new "good homes" in some areas--as dinner for a pet snake!

  • So-called animal hoarders watch the newspapers for Free to Good Home animals. These hoarders truly believe they are "rescuing" the animals!

       Some people answering the "Free to Good Homes" ads really are loving, responsible pet owners. Many are not. Please DON'T advertise Free pets; charge at least $25 to discourage sale to research labs. Please DO take the time to interview each and every prospective owner; you local animal shelter or any rescue organization can help you with what types of questions to ask. And please have Mama spayed as soon as the kittens or puppies are weaned!

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