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I urge readers to boycott the dog-rental business that is reportedly planning to open in D.C. [City Desk, “Puppy Sharing: Coming to D.C.?” 8/6]. These businesses exist to make money—at the expense of the psychological well-being of the animals they use to make a profit.
Dogs are not DVDs! They thrive on routine and need to have their own “territory” and bond with a “pack” to feel secure and happy. Being bounced around from place to place is terribly confusing to them and deprives them of a permanent place to call home. Many dogs refuse to eat while their guardians are away, and some have even jumped through windows in a desperate attempt to reunite with their human.
People who want to experience the companionship of an animal without the long-term commitment can walk a busy friend’s or neighbor’s dog—or better yet, bring joy to homeless animals by volunteering at their local shelter. To learn more, visit HelpingAnimals.com.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals