(Note: Randwick Dog Rescue, or RDR, no longer exists. I also blacked out the name and image of the founder of RDR due to her complaint about this article being on my site.)
Dreaming of Jeannie Belly Dance Academy will be holding an end-of-year performance next week with all funds going to Randwick Dog Rescue (RDR).
The belly dance school's performance will help RDR find homes for dogs in the area.
A local volunteer group, RDR was set up in 2001 with the aim of rescuing dogs that had been abandoned or mistreated. Loving homes are found for most of the dogs and all of the puppies.
Every dog that goes to RDR is health-checked, desexed, microchipped and vaccinated.
Since RDR has a "no-kill" policy, those dogs that don't find homes are housed and cared for at the Randwick Vet Hospital, where RDR is based, by [name] and her team of devoted volunteers.
The school's performance will be held at the Police and Community Youth Club, 26a Bunnerong Road, Kingsford, on December 15 from 7pm. Phone Despina on 0403 897 420. For more information about RDR, phone [name] on [phone number].
Caption: Happy pooches have found homes thanks to Randwick Dog Rescue.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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