Few women are as multifaceted and contradictory as Martha Stewart. She can create a dazzling holiday display from grosgrain ribbon and cookie cutters and survive in Federal prison. She can dedicate an episode of her cooking show to making bacon tartlets and come out with a vegetarian cookbook the next week. And now, color us surprised: The woman who acquired her two beloved French Bulldogs, Francesca and Sharkey, from a breeder, is now promoting animal rescue and adoption.
According to her personal blog, the breeder of her Frenchies told her of a recent rescue of 11 neglected females by French Bulldog Village, a national non-profit comprised of volunteers who “work to save and help Frenchies and Frenchie-mix dogs.”
The post lends wonderful exposure to the cause of animal rescue. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year through no fault of their own, and an estimated 3 to 4 million are euthanized due to lack of foster and adoptive homes, breed stigmas, and health and behavioral issues.
According to an Australian study about attitudes surrounding shelters, many people are uneducated about the issue of animal overpopulation, and/or are deterred from visiting shelters due to misconceptions about animals’ temperaments (“they’re all vicious dogs”) or a false belief that shelters and rescues do not have puppies or pure breeds. Martha’s post and the work of French Bulldog Village and countless other rescues and shelters, show that these misconceptions are totally baseless.
Those of us who have rescued a companion animal, know that there is no difference between a purebred pooch and a mutt, a puppy or a delightful senior. And the adorable mugs of Village residents would sway even the most ardent of animal rescue opponents:
The post also highlights something interesting: The recent rescue of the 11 neglected dogs was from a “breeder [who] could no longer care for them.” Whether this was a backyard breeder or a ‘reputable’ breeder who simply fell on difficult times, we hope that readers will walk away feeling more educated about the companion animal over-population issue and will echo the sentiment of one commenter: “I just don’t get it – so many rescues out there and people still breed?”
If you’re interested in supporting the great work of French Bulldog Village, you can donate. And if you’re looking for a canine or feline (or any species in between) companion, look no further than your local shelter or Petfinder for your best friend.
Source: Martha Up Close and Personal