In case we haven’t met, HELLO!
My name is Nicole Murray and I am an avid animal lover. Dogs in particular are one of my favorites.
But not just any dog - rescues.
A law was passed in a small town in Arkansas that supports our rescues and is needed in the Garden State BIG.
It’s not that puppies that come from breeders deserve less love. It is that dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals are being overlooked in shelters.
I have to be honest: I get goosebumps when I find out that someone got their new furry member of the family through a breeder.
I have clashed with friends and even certain family members on this issue.
“I specifically wanted a golden doodle or golden retriever.”
I’m sorry but disgusting. Don’t judge another animal before you meet it.
I hope this law helps.
Don’t you feel a little silly paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars for a new pet when you could have adopted one from a nearby shelter for a quarter of the price?
This is just one of the reasons I want to tell you about a new law in Arkansas that is desperately needed in New Jersey and around the world.
According to THV11.coma new ordinance was passed that “prohibits the retail sale of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens unless the pets are from or working with a shelter.”
The inspiration behind this new law came when the construction of a pet retail store known for doing business with puppy mills was confirmed.
“Thousands of dollars … we’re talking $7,000 to $10,000 for a puppy,” said Jen Boyer, president of the Fayetteville Animal Services Advisory Board. “We can’t regulate what happens everywhere, can we? But we can regulate what happens within our city limits.”
This law may have been passed to prevent a specific store from doing business, but the idea behind it can be applied worldwide.
My dog Carolina’s adoption fee was $250 at the Monmouth County SPCA. If you take the $10,000 price tag mentioned above, that’s enough money for 40 bailouts to find their forever homes.
Animals are not objects put on this earth to be bought.
They are lifelong companions and family members who are here to receive the love and support they need in return.
I challenge you to go to a shelter and meet some of their dogs or cats that are up for adoption. You’ll be surprised what (or who) you find.
When it really comes down to it, these four-legged rescues just want to be loved just like you or me.
Don’t give up a ransom because of where they come from.
I hope that at the end of my life, this law will be approved throughout the world.
There are already too many rescues that are homeless.
But let’s pay $10K for one for the sparkly necklace. Makes sense.
LOOK: These are the pets prohibited in each state
Because regulation of exotic animals is left up to the states, some organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, advocate for standardized federal legislation banning the keeping of large cats, bears, primates, and large venomous snakes as pets.
Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the country.