Many of us, looking back on the last 20 years, have seen post-modern society doggone crazy on pet ownership. Though there are some that still believe dogs, especially, have swooped in to rescue us from ourselves.
Canines have made city dwellers come out to rediscover their community anew. City parks, long forlorn in favor of burrowing into electroluminescent screens, are now reinvented into doggie parks. In fact, recent social professionally made observations have been shown to suggest dog owners more engaged.
That, along with what’s already been stated earlier in this series, could arguably be used for understanding the rising dog demand. Yet while this is happening, people are seeking to lower the number of available dogs regardless of how popular it has become to own a pet.
Main media pop culture icons have made it their business to push for spaying & neutering. Now that demand is at an all-time high, there aren’t enough puppies to go around. While pet population control measures worked to curb animal shelter overflow, the crisis seems now centered on the opposite end.
So-called ‘puppy mills’ are also being frowned upon. Ditto for larger, more established pet breeders; many of them with ensuing legal issues being put in the spotlight for these negative reasons. The end result, it’s been argued, is a present lack of available canines for the number of people looking for them.
It’s now been said that the deficit is at two million pups & counting annually. This is being based on a straw survey of dog-owning homes, how many per household, & where did these pooches come from. Another used source of speculation is related to the relationship between population growth & dogs.