People are willing to put up with some difficulties with a new puppy, but after a few months of keeping an animal they weren't really prepared for, they can't or won't keep these dogs, which end up in shelters.
We see it with almost every movie that comes out that features a certain type of animal. People see the movie and see wonderful dogs do great things, and really having a strong bond with their people, and it looks perfect. It's a relationship with a pet that anybody would want.
They see the dogs do funny and interesting things, and the impression is when they get this animal home it will do funny and interesting things in their own home. But these dogs are highly trained, and it might have taken 50 takes to get the dog to do that.
Exercise is key. If you can't fill that need, everything else falls apart.
People need to stop and think. Let the magic of the movie wear off a little before you buy a dog.
We applaud films that present the bond between dogs and their people. The downside is that people become so enamored by the character portrayed on screen that they want that dog in their home. They assume the breed is great without examining if it is the right match for their lifestyles.
They had so many Dalmatians, that they were difficult to place. And you had Dalmatians coming from puppy mills, or breeders that are not reputable breeders -- people just quickly breeding their dog to make a quick buck. Those were not quality dogs.
It's a matter of handling that animal's needs, exercise (and) mental stimulation. If they're a dog that chews a lot, you need to provide them with appropriate things to chew.
A university campus is a community just as any other. If the community has a problem with free roaming cats, they have a responsibility to deal with it over the long term.