Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal
Last night, pop singer and season four judge of The Voice, Usher dropped $12,000 on a new goldendoodle puppy.
He was the highest bidder at the Pencils of Promise Gala in New York City, in which the pup was being auctioned to raise funds for a charity that builds schools in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ghana.
Usher wanted to bring home a puppy at auction during last year’s gala event, but in the end, he was outbid. The winning family eventually named their new pooch after the singer.
This year, he bid an initial $10,000 for the dog. However, the bid was topped by fellow gala attendee and Gossip Girl star Jessica Szhor, who made an $11,000 offer. Usher ultimately won the copper pup with a $12,000 bid.
And though we are thrilled the money is being put toward a good cause, many seem to disagree with the pop singer’s decision.
Standing by the fact that animals are not trophies and should not be used as items for auction, animal advocates are also questioning the breeder’s credibility in their decision to donate the puppy to auction. Even the American Kennel Club—with 80 percent of its business attributed to puppy mills—will suspend a breeder who donates a puppy to auction or raffle.
We must also remember that there are thousands of sheltered animals waiting for their forever homes. Next time, Usher should follow in the footsteps of celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Selena Gomez and adopt.