The Department of Homeland Security has dropped the ball by not saving the lives of shelter dogs that will be killed, choosing instead to purchase its canine bomb-sniffers from expensive breeders ("Under(valued)dog to secure hearth and homeland?" Opinion, Friday).
The rest of us don't have to follow suit, however. If you decide that you need to have a dog, never buy one from a breeder of any kind. Always go to the shelter and adopt one. We can significantly decrease the overpopulation crisis in our nation's shelters by not buying dogs or cats from anyone and spaying and neutering our pets.
Breeders, the American Kennel Club and the pet-food industry don't want you to know this because they make more money from the dog and cat overpopulation crisis. They don't care that millions of dogs and cats are euthanized every year as a result.
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