July 4, 2012

I was giving some thought about how to get the word out about my blog today. And while I truly appreciate the nine people from FB for “like”ing the site, I have a feeling I’m going to need a few more fans/regulars to actually find homes for these precious little Chihuahuas. So, I decided to check out Craigslist – you know, advertise Lucy and Justin with links to the blog. I pulled up the site and under the Pets category ran a search for Chihuahua. I couldn’t believe the search results. Backyard breeder after backyard breeder requesting “re-homing” fees for their puppies. First off, a re-homing is helping an adopted animal find a new home. This is the case of our Rhodesian Ridgeback who was re-homed at the age of three. These backyard breeders were offering puppy after puppy for fees – most of them mixed Chihuahua breeds and the most horrifying posts were those by a person trying to sell 5 week old puppies that hadn’t had their first series of shots because “the vet said that [they] needs to be 3 months old so that [they] can be able to get [their] first set of puppy vaccines”. And by the way, this puppy and the other two posted by this backyard breeder need to be gone by the end of the month b/c these unprofessional and immoral (likely illegal) breeders are going on vacation… WTF??!?!? Are you kidding me? Disgusting.

After reading several pages of these posts dating back two whole days I decided to give City of San Jose – Animal Care & Services a call. Like most cities, they’re under staffed, under funded and under appreciated. The lady on the phone couldn’t be nicer, but at the end of the day, San Jose has a serious problem. They will only check out backyard breeders who are turned in by residents and violations would need to include having more than one litter per year and/or having more than three dogs over the age of four months. Way to crack down San Jose!!! Not…

So what to do? I have no idea. Politicians are the only ones who can truly regulate (preferably create laws to make it unlawful to operate) this sad feeder group for rescues and yet they’re all too busy campaigning or ¬†regulating based on headlines. And while I realize Craigslist is doing nothing wrong by letting these horrible people advertise, I can’t help but feel disgusted with them as well.

For now, what you can do is learn your local laws and encourage friends and neighbors to act by reporting illegal backyard breeders – particularly if you live in San Jose!! Eventually, my hope is that the ASPCA and others will lump backyard breeders into their fight to terminate puppy mills. Until then, please let Chi lovers know about my site and check back often for updates – I’ll keep trying to get the Chi’s adopted faster than the backyard breeders can produce them.

Thanks as always for visiting!