The phrase "Pound Pup" came from discussions I used to have with abused/angry adult adoptees posting on adoption.con. In fact, it was a phrase first made by a married male adoptee who saw himself as being the runt no "good" person could ever want to love and keep. [His a.father physically abused him and his A.mother committed suicide on his 15th birthday.] His "Pound Pup" phrase seemed to catch-on quickly because so many could relate to being the young (unwanted) pup who ended-up in a shelter somewhere... a shelter that would sell it's living inventory to anyone who had an interest in "adding to the family" and had money. Many could relate to the idea that only the cutest, smartest, most well behaved little ones got the nice , happy, loving homes, while the sickly runts, older slow ones, and downright ugly mutts got left behind in crap or sold to owners who were not so nice and not so loving and not so caring at "home".
Like it or not, there ARE people who identify with the phrase, "I was treated like a dog", and like it or not, when one hears the word "adoption", many immediately associate that word to pets and to children. Like it or not, there are some seriously sick pups out there in this world, and it MUST be known that some of them have been allowed to adopt. Like it or not, lots of children around the world are put in shelters (or "in-care") and are treated like dogs... like animals.... like creatures not worthy of love, affection or attention, and it's my very strong belief these stories need to be told so this sort of practice ENDS, period.
This, by no means minimizes domestic violence that takes place within a biologic family. However, the fact that abuse in-care DOES take place should alarm more people. Children deserve to be treated with care and dignity and when one is removed and 'placed' (for whatever reason) in a so-called safer-haven, that child should NOT be neglected or treated badly or put into the hands of a person who appears one way in public, but acts like a psycho, when "home" and alone.
Many readers may not like the title or the name of a website that reveals a dark-side to foster/adoption practices... I personally HATED the personal life experience, and as such, there is a lot I'd like to see changed within the entire child placement system. I would like to live and die knowing my life -- my interests, my passion -- left a very positive legacy; I would like to know all that I have been put through was not a "mistake", but a necessary hurt and evil that has a very significant meaning, purpose and reason. If I can die knowing adult adoptees and grown-up foster kids in private support groups aren't telling their stories about their really F-ed up owners, I can believe there is hope in humanity. Pound Pup Legacy (PPL) is about the people who have lost their voice and the people getting hurt because of negligence and greed.