I love fall at Dog Patch! Families get back into a rhythm with school and other activities, kind of forcing a routine and we get to see our customers more often. It’s also a great time to get a rescue pet! Pets tend to fall right into the routine.

Plus, autumn is a good time for rescue because you can get pets potty trained before it’s bitter cold outside.

I was just thinking, it’s been nearly seven years since we became rescue only. We have never run out of dogs to save. It is really an ongoing problem that can only be fixed when people begin to realize that the animals at puppy stores are the result of puppy mills. That cute puppy left behind a mother in a tiny cage being forced to breed again and again. Some never touch dirt or grass. Some never know the joy of the wind and even rain. It really should be all about those breeding mothers.

A way to help would be if spay/neuter became the law. At least it needs to happen more often. What if those puppy stores were obligated to only send home spay/neutered animals? Imagine the numbers of unwanted puppies that could never happen.

It is time for this city to man up. The excuse that we need to wait for the legal challenges in other municipalities has become moot. The legislation that has been challenged many times in many states counties and cities holds up to the scrutiny of the courts. There will never be a good political environment to make this happen. Our city council, our Mayor and our city manager need to think with a little bit of their hearts. Other than the companies that are selling those mill dogs, how much opposition is really there? This is not a political football. This requires thinking outside of party and putting animals first. Who could really be against this?

Again, autumn is a great time to visit Dog Patch for all of your animal’s needs. We have brought in several niche dog and cat foods to serve our customers the best available products.