“Truly, I wish people would spay and neuter their pets and stop funding pet stores and puppy mills. Buying a dog from a pet store because it looked sick or sad, while it tugs at the heartstrings, is not rescue. It is fueling the machine which will continue to create misery for millions.

I wish people put the time into their pets that they put into their Instagram accounts and Facebooking. Most pets are surrendered for entirely avoidable reasons…so many involving simple training that all pet owners should be doing.

Finally, I wish people thought of pets as sentient beings, but who communicate differently than humans…the misunderstanding between person and pet has tragic consequences at times and could be avoided with a little understanding.”

Emily GearFounder of Cincinnati-based Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, the inspiration behind the Hunks & Hounds fundraising calendar.

Gear promotes “Adopt don’t Shop!” and urges prospective pet owners to visit the following businesses during their regularly scheduled adoption events:

  • Eastgate PetSmart; Saturdays, noon-5 p.m.
  • Jack’s Pets (Beechmont Ave.); first and third Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.
  • Western Hills PetSmart; second and fourth Saturdays, noon-5 p.m.
  • Mason PetSmart; Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Belle and Blanc for Cincy Chic