Photo © Jeff Roberson-AP | Pit bull puppies are housed at an emergency shelter that has hundreds of dogs seized as part of the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history in St. Louis.*
We LOVE cute puppy photos. Puppies are cute, fuzzy, cuddly…all that good stuff. But please don’t confuse that with posting puppies from YOUR LITTER. That is NOT CUTE!
I’m Not a Monster is against breeding, especially of pit bulls when most of them are killed everyday in the shelters across the country. In shelters across the nation, the pit bull population of anywhere from 40% to 60% or more of the total shelter population (national average is 33%) and many shelters needing more space will opt to kill pit bulls before any other type of dog.
The pit bull kill rate in shelters is at approximately 93% on average. That means for every 100 pit bulls surrendered to the shelter, only 7 will survive.
We cannot and will not endorse breeding/breeders on any level — professional, backyard, “accidental” — until shelters stop being filled up with unwanted animals, particularly with our “Monsters”. We’ve had a couple of people this week who posted photos of their pups to get either the cover photo or the “Love is Everything” photo done, and we found that they are breeders — professional, backyard, “accidental”, what have you. Yes, we do look through your profile if we caught something that triggers our red flags. It is something that we learned to do so we don’t unknowingly contribute to the selfish act of breeders.
We’ve seen a gorgeous photo of a pitbull momma and her puppy being made into poster about loving dogs shared thousands of times; we never shared those because we know the owner of those dogs is a breeder (it takes a quick look around his profile to see mating photos as well as whelping puppies). We’ve encountered pages with large following that support breeding, and usually it’s because “we love the breed.”
And that is mostly a lie. Because if you love the breed so much, you should go to the shelters and adopt from the many puppies or pregnant momma dogs that are dumped everyday. There is no need to add to the overpopulation when they are being killed every single day.
Breeders love money more than they love the dogs.
We invite you to read the overpopulation issue the nation faces as well as this article from Australia about the breeding industry.
We choose to support rescue and shelter adoptions. We love these “Monsters” and we will stay true to our mission and do right by them. Next time you want a puppy, go the the shelters or rescues near you. The puppies there are cute, fuzzy and cuddly too.
p.s. Our mission is to change public perception, fight breed discrimination and educate the public about the plight of bully breeds and shelter animals. One of the core components to successfully achieve our mission is to fight overpopulation in shelters by promoting spaying & neutering.
If you need help finding a low-cost or free spay & neuter programs in your area, please let us know.
*The St. Louis dogfighting undercover raid story **WARNING: This is one of the hardest piece we’ve read.**