June 11, 2018 Photos by: Adopt Protection/GoFundMe
A new initiative that suggests swapping guns in favor of adopting dogs for protection is gaining momentum, with the goal to help reduce gun violence and homeless dog numbers at the same time.
A group citing that dogs may be all the protection we need is partnering with gun buyback programs all over the country in an effort to raise dog adoption numbers, while at the same time reducing the situations of gun violence in the country.
The group Adopt Protection has started a GoFundMe to help with the startup fees that go with their new initiative, which hopes to convince Americans who feel they need guns for protection that dogs are actually better and safer options. Their goal of $15,000 will produce the communication materials they need to begin and spread their work, and to support local buyback programs across the country.
According to the group, studies show that dogs can deter burglars more often and better than dogs, and they also interviewed police officers, criminologists, gun owners and ex-convicts as well as dog owners and trainers to back their arguments that dogs are better protection than guns are.
Adopt Protection is hoping that instead of people turning to gun ownership for protection, they consider adopting dogs (and shelter dogs, in particular) to be loyal companions and protectors of their people and homes. They plan to partner with gun buyback programs throughout the country and to invite gun owners to exchange their guns for discounts on dog adoption fees.
Already organizations are on board, with New York City’s Second Chance rescue discounting up to $200 in adoption fees to those adopters who exchange a gun, and Adopt Protection has invited more than 200 additional shelters, gun-control organizations and animal advocacy groups to be part of the movement.
Reducing the number of homeless dogs (and hopefully gun incidents) while humans maintain their protection and gain companionship in the process? A novel (and excellent) idea!
Lori Ennis is a wife, mama and friend to all animals. A self-confessed “Hot Mess,” she lives wherever the Marine Corps takes her husband. Currently, that’s Maryland with her very spoiled Labrador Retriever-mix rescue pups and a ton of saltwater fish just tanking around. Lori’s family has fostered dogs for years, mostly Golden Retrievers, and knows no home is complete without an animal buddy (or seven)!