We foster dogs.
We volunteer at animal rescues.
We support animal rescue and try to be the most responsible dog owners we can.
Does that imply that I am against breeding and drive around with an ‘adopt don’t shop’ sticker on my car?
Well, it’s fairly simple. Let me boil it down:
If you’re a responsible breeder who takes pride in preserving the beauty and characteristics of the breed, ensuring that the dog has good bloodlines and ensure that the puppies go to a home that is a good fit – then I totally support you.
If you’re an asshat who thinks that your dog is “cute or handsome” and therefore needs to make puppies…get a life.
My dog is way cuter than yours and she won’t be having puppies, ever.
We have enough cute pups in the world. Leave it to the experts. Puh-lease.
If you are doing it for the money, I take it you haven’t been in the business too long and are making a bigger impact on the shelter & rescue population than your wallet. Plus, you’re doing nothing for the breed and could very likely breed a dog that develops major health issues.
Check out the Humane Society’s “How to Identify a Responsible Breeder” checklist.
Both of our dogs came from the result of irresponsible breeding.
Rio was listed on Craiglist because his family lived in an apartment and they weren’t allowed to have dogs.
Hmm. I’ll be nice and spare you a few remarks about that situation. Well, he got lucky and ended up in a rescue group until we adopted him.
Lola’s entire litter was abandoned in an empty house and the owners took only the mother and father. I really wish I knew more to that story…One thing is certain – irresponsible human beings.
A responsible breeder should take the same amount of effort in finding their pups a good home as a reputable rescue group does. Get nosy, visit their house, ask a lot of questions. We’re talking about an animal that lives 10+ years here. And make the offer that should they ever need to surrender the dog, that you’ll take them back and find them another home.
We have the bigger brain here, people. Let’s use it.
What do you think? Do you care if people breed their dog? Are you a breeder? Does it drive you crazy when ‘backyard breeders’ sell their puppies for dirt cheap to the next person that walks by with enough cash?
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