....when people are giving up pets to the RSPCA and similar shelters because they can't afford to keep them that there should be restrictions on people breeding pets for sale and also more pressure put on people to have animals neutered. Possibly a campaign to offer this for service for free.
I absolutely agree, i think people should have to register to become a breeder and be restricted to how many dogs they breed. Its so sad.
The thing is that often the breeds that mostly end up in rescue centres tend to be bred by backyard breeders so i am not sure a registration campaign would work.
It is absolutely heartbreaking and the current trend for "designer" breeds is just adding to the problem. People defend this by saying "oh but we have a waiting list for the puppies" seeing it that if they find homes (that are willing to part with £££s) for their pups they aren't adding to the problem, but they absolutely are because the people who buy these designer breeds aren't intersted in having a pedigree per se so may well be persuaded to have a rescue dog.
I understand that maybe people want a puppy rather than an adult dog, but often adult rescue dogs have had the basic training and you dont have the hassle of a dog wetting and crapping in the house (mostly - someone needs to tell my rescue dog!)
As ridiculous as it may sound, I tried to rescue a cat I got refused by RSPCA on the basis that because we rent don't own. Their theory is that people who rent, and need to move re-home cars more often because often new landlords don't accept pets.
In the end I went to a breeder, but it wasn't my first choice. Since we got him, we have moved and there were flats we got turned down because of the cat, but there was no way I was moving anywhere without him
A lot of kittens born are not the result of breeding but irresponsible owners who dont get their cats neutered.
These kittens are then either sold, dumped or if lucky will end up at a rescue centre for homing. My lovely boy is a rescue cat. He was handed in as an unneutered stray of around 2 years of age. He is a bit battered where he has had to fight to survive but is a very loving pet.