While it is controversial whether something like this works or it takes away our rights as a pet owner, I am using this as a reminder that there are plenty of unwanted pets in the valley available up for adoption during the holiday season currently! Shelters and foster homes are at their max these days.
Vets and dog parks within the Las Vegas city limits will be required to post notices in regards to the ordinances. I think this will be impossible to enforce. It seems the area is barely enforced anyways (stray intact dogs taken in over and over and time limits, mandatory spaying/neutering not enforced from my personal experience!)
There is a new clinic in town that is receiving accolades and they only do spays and neuters. I am hearing that their cost is under $100 currently. (note: I have no personal experience with them nor is this a paid endorsement)
At any rate, I encourage people who are looking for a pet to give as a gift this holiday season, consider a few things:
(most important) RESEARCH THE BREED!
(there is one IG breeder in town that will not take the puppy back if there are issues even though they state they will - asking for references is very important - if they have been breeding for years a list of 3-5 people is not good, they should have hundreds of references.)
Please do not buy from a pet store -
pet store puppies come from puppy mills (for the most part.) Reputable breeders generally do not sell to pet stores. Reputable breeders usually have a waiting list.
Consider a shelter:
or just google "Las Vegas Dog Shelters" to find more!
Consider a Breed Specific Rescue if you want one specific breed, there are a bunch in the Las Vegas Valley:
The Plug for The Breed Specific Rescue I am involved in: Las Vegas Italian Greyhound Club of America Rescue.
There are currently two dogs available and we will be adding another two (as of today). The adoption forms and contact info are located on the information page!
All dogs pictured in this blog post are either up for adoption (like Shakey and Elrod) or have been adopted.
(Trust me, as a breed specific rescue volunteer this is NOT a good idea and we gear up in January/February for "turn ins" to rescue! The cute little puppy with adorable little eyeballs turns into a destructive monster who tinkles and doos in the house.)
Remember: Don't Shop, Adopt:
It may make some dog happy