June 7, 2008

171,229 dogs available on Petfinder.com right now

Did you know that there are 171,229 dogs available on Petfinder.com right now?

I also found the page listing the available dog breeds and the number of pets available per breed, which I sorted from highest to lowest:
  1. Labrador Retriever - 18,277
  2. Pit Bull Terrier - 9,186
  3. Shepherd - 8,404
  4. German Shepherd Dog - 7,507
  5. Beagle - 6,897
  6. Terrier 6,454
  7. Chihuahua - 5,545
  8. Black Labrador Retriever - 5,304
  9. Boxer - 5,240
  10. Hound - 4,699
The other breeds with 1,000+ available pets per breed are as follows:
  1. Border Collie - 4,593
  2. Rottweiler - 3,662
  3. Australian Shepherd - 3,319
  4. American Staffordshire Terrier - 3,083
  5. Chow Chow - 3,051
  6. Dachshund - 2,926
  7. Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler - 2,924
  8. Golden Retriever - 2,801
  9. Collie - 2,216
  10. Greyhound - 2,197
  11. Yellow Labrador Retriever - 2,182
  12. Husky - 2,125
  13. Cocker Spaniel - 2,012
  14. Basset Hound - 1,916
  15. Jack Russell Terrier - 1,907
  16. Poodle - 1,812
  17. Retriever - 1,491
  18. Shar Pei - 1,462
  19. Miniature Pinscher - 1,413
  20. Rat Terrier - 1,411
  21. Siberian Husky - 1,405
  22. Pointer - 1,387
  23. Doberman Pinscher - 1,317
  24. American Bulldog - 1,258
  25. Shih Tzu - 1,258 (oh no! Like Zack!)
  26. Spaniel - 1,127
  27. Catahoula Leopard Dog - 1,109
  28. Great Pyrenees - 1,105
  29. Pug - 1,100
  30. Dalmatian - 1,045
  31. Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie - 1,023
  32. Pomeranian - 1,022
  33. Chocolate Labrador Retriever - 1,011
  34. Schnauzer - 1,001
I have to admit, I was surprised to find Labrador Retrievers at the top of that list. I expected (unfairly) that pit bulls and rottweilers would occupy that spot. And German Shepherd ranked fourth?

On top of that, I also read about the "Texas 69" from the Shih Tzu and Furbabies rescue site - 69 puppies rescued from a puppy mill in Texas. The videos were quite sad to watch, although it amazes me how these puppies who grew up in such horrid conditions still had that shih tzu happy face. They still looked like they were smiling. What's worse, I also stumbled upon an old Newsweek article "Investigating Puppy Mills".

It makes me want to adopt or at least foster a pup, but we already have one. Owning one dog costs money. What more if there's two?

So many dogs looking for a home, so few people willing to give them a chance. How incredibly sad.

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