The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Association Four Paws, Swapped Dogs Available for Sale in a Pet Shop with Unwanted Dogs that Were Rescued from the Streets

Monday, May 4, 2015

Association Four Paws, Swapped Dogs Available for Sale in a Pet Shop with Unwanted Dogs that Were Rescued from the Streets

An animal shelter in Brazil found the perfect way to show rescued dogs in a positive light in a bid to get them adopted.

Associacao Quatro Patinhas, which translates into Association Four Paws, swapped dogs available for sale in a pet shop with unwanted dogs that were rescued from the streets.

The experiment was staged to change people’s perceptions of rescue animals and prove that they are as loving as any other dog and in fact, in more need of a home.

Many families tend to bypass animals shelters in Brazil and as a result they are overcrowded and under-funded places.

Setting up hidden cameras around the shop, the film crew capture the moment a number of people came in and asked about the price of a puppy.

The reactions range from shock to confusion, and every person involved questions the shopkeeper and cannot believe it when he tells them that the animal is free.

Christianne Duarte Garoiu, the president and founder of Associacao Quatro Patinhas, said, "The shelters are usually in bad conditions. Animals die of diseases and maltreatment or due to overcrowding. Some people abandon animals in shelters thinking they’ll get adopted and receive proper care. But they usually end up dying from many diseases and depression. People still pay a lot of money buying animals in pet shops."

He added, "But there are many other pets that would bring them so much love for all their lives and people don’t need to spend a cent for it."

Christianne said, "it doesn’t matter whether a dog is pure bred or not, all that matters is its owner's connection with it."

The video concludes with a message that reads: 'Better than buying a life is saving one'.



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