So we foster mother dogs with puppies that are too young to enter a shelter system. This last time we ended up receiving stolen dogs that we didn't know we're not surrendered yet. So when the owner filed a complaint to the SPCA about his mother dog and her 4 5 day old puppies being taken against his will by another lady, I had to step in to save everyone's life and not have to hand them back over to starve to death, since the mother was only 7 months old and they didn't have money to feed her, let alone feed her enough to make enough milk for the pups. I talked him down from $300 to $150, and they now belong to me. Well the pups and momma are ready for new homes finally and we've spent a small fortune on shots and wormings and food. Not to mention the amount of time I spend on their care. So my neighbor has a friend who wanted one of our little girls and I explained the contract and how the biggest part of it is that the pup must be spayed by 6 months of age, and the adopter must provide me proof of this or they will return the dog and forfeit their adoption fee, and these terms are legally binding and not up for negotiations. Well she is supposed to pick her puppy up on Monday and now wants to negotiate the spay part of the contract, because she had a cat that had kittens and it was fun. I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, if you breed your LSGD or show dogs, with the intent to continue your lines and are responsible about it, and making sure you have good homes for your pups with responsible people, great. I've recently met a woman in VA that has a LSGD that I asked if she bred her, to let me know because I would like a puppy, due to this dogs breed mix and ability to be a great guardian and family dog at the same time, which can be a hard quality to breed. But she said she won't breed unless she has established responsible homes for most of her litter. People need to spay and neuter, period. So here are US statistics that help others understand the problem. UNITED STATES FACTS & FIGURES • Number of cats and dogs born every day in the U.S.: 70,000 (nearly 3,000 born every hour or 50 born every minute) • Number of stray cats and dogs living in the U.S.: 70 million • Number of animals in the U.S. that die each year from cruelty, neglect, and exploitation: 30 million • Number of animal shelters in the U.S.: 4,000 – 6,000 • Number of cats and dogs entering U.S. shelters each year: 6 – 8 million • Number of cats and dogs euthanized by U.S. shelters each year: 3 – 4 million (nearly 10,000 animals killed every day) • Number of cats and dogs adopted by U.S. shelters each year: 3 – 4 million • Number of cats and dogs reclaimed by owners from U. S. shelters each year: 600,000-750,000 (10% of total entering shelters – 15–30% of dogs and 2–5% of cats) • Yearly cost to U.S. taxpayers to impound, shelter, euthanize, and dispose of homeless animals: $2 billion • Percentage of dogs in U.S. shelters which are purebred: 25 – 30 % • Average age of animals entering U.S. shelters: under 18 months old • Percentage of animals entering U.S. shelters that are healthy and adoptable: 90% • Percentage of owned dogs that were adopted from an animal shelter: 18% • Percentage of owned cats that were adopted from an animal shelter: 16% • Percentage of animals entering animal shelters by animal control authorities: 42.5% • Percentage of animals entering animal shelters that were surrendered by their owners: 30% • Percentage of people who acquire animals that end up giving them away, abandoning them, or taking them to shelters: 70% Thank you for reading my rant, I just needed to vent!