(Closed) Anti-Breeder, Pro-Rescue?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Where do you stand?
    People should ONLY adopt from shelters/rescues, regardless of their circumstances. : (59 votes)
    23 %
    Buying from a breeder should only be a last resort. : (42 votes)
    17 %
    It doesn't matter to me. It's a personal decision. : (96 votes)
    38 %
    I would only adopt from a reputable breeder. : (42 votes)
    17 %
    I would have no problem adopting from a petstore or BYB. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    I think people take this issue too seriously... : (12 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    8394 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I think a lot of the stigmas come from BYB who proclaim themselves as “breeders”. It’s easy to see all the ads for purebred puppies and say “breeders are part of the problem.” But a good, reputable breeder is not part of the overpopulation problem IMO. They are furthering the breed by health and temperament testing their stock, choosing pairings that compliment each other structurally, etc. And normally they will take a dog back under any circumstances.

    (I have two corgis from breeders and a cat that was a stray.)

    Post # 4
    7293 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Breeding issues aside, we have a serious problem in the United States ( and other countries as well) with people lacking knowledge on responsible pet ownership!

    If only people who valued and treasured ( they are family members FOREVER not UNTIL….) animals along with their proper and ethical breeding purchased pets, we probably wouldn’t even have to have this conversation. But the majority of the people are mindlessly buying pets for X reasons and then either miss treating them or throwing them away, hence starting rescues. And then also bad breeders ( mills, BYBs) are capitalizing of off peoples ignorance.

    Our problem is soo serious right now with every breed of dog is being abused or getting put to sleep, its hard to fathom that people in the animal world are continuing to breed- whether it be the most ethical standards or not. The problem is the best most awesome, ethical breeder is still giving dogs to people who potentially will not be good owners….and the cycle continues….I think people live in a fantasy world where all the good breeders doggies live happily ever after and every “reputable” breeder has the best intentions and cares about every bitch that can no longer produce for them, and so on. The truth is, money is involved and space and time create a bottom line.


    Post # 6
    3121 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    My stance is if you have your mind set on a breed of dog, then do your research and go with a reputable breeder.  If you just want a forever pet, look into rescuing first!  Regardless, getting a pet is a huge commitment and requires research and serious thought. 

    Post # 8
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My friend adopted a dog recently from a rescue. It turned out to have a serious disease and one  the rescue should have known about. She ended up spending thousands of dollars in vet bills trying to help the poor animal but it eventually died after a few weeks. She was heartbroken.

    I think the previous posters are right, the key is to find a responsible person and adopt a dog from them. Not all breeders or rescues are created equal!

    Post # 9
    907 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Eva Peron:  100% agree! Makes me so sad to think that people get a dog and the dog gets so used to its family only to be “gotten rid of” 🙁




    ps love ure new avatar

    Post # 11
    4099 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We adopted our kitties (they are half certified purebred siamese, half..goodness knows what) [the siamese got out and got knocked up].. We love them as if we had gotten them from a breeder (we almost went to a breeder for snowshoe kitties, but decided to adopt) we will most likely get any dogs from a breeder, because the kind of dog we want *could* be agressive and we would rather know the temperment of the parents…

    Post # 12
    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I agree with what other posters have said. I just have a problem paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for an animal that I then have to spend MORE money on (for vet visits and whatnot), when there are thousands of animals who need homes in shelters and come with shots and fixed and all of that. I realize that there are responsible breeders, but there’s a stigma attached to shelter animals and some people seem to believe that breeder-purchased animals are “better.”

    We have talked about purchasing a Corgi puppy from a reputable breeder (because Corgis aren’t often found in shelters here), but I’m not sure that I can justify paying $800+ for a puppy.

    Post # 13
    7293 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Jilliebean1:  Very true, and I agree!

    But sadly it is still happening which sucks 🙁 I know of 5 people personally who have purchased dogs $ 1000 + ( “designer” dogs + purebreds) and within 2 years have either given them away to friends for free, put them on craigslist, or completely neglected them. Now of course they may not havet purchase them from the best breeder, but they were still willing to shell out extraordinary amounts of money -which is scary.

    I know a lot of the time the economy plays a factor too. We have a big dog dumping epidemic where I live ( theres a documentary being created about it! ) and very expensive dogs are roaming around in feral packs. Craziness

    Post # 16
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Personally, I try to adopt whenever possible. I adopt because I don’t see the point in spending $$$ on a dog and I don’t really care about breed or owning a purebred. I also think that it’s better to give a home to a good dog, than contribute to overpopulation.I do have certain standards that I need in order to get the dog I want though (less than a year old, no known history of disease, illness, or abuse).

    I think some people go to breeders because it can be easier than adopting. Some rescues have crazy restrictive process for adoption and that can get very frustrating.

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