|Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 10:18am PST |
|I posted. Here was my deal -
"f those are the only reasons you think there are, then you need to get out more. Seriously. I actually am an adoptions counselor for a rescue and have multiple fosters right now...all of them purebred, if only by coincidence.....and have a lot of belief in the true merits of the rescue dog or puppy, even beyond the "it's the right thing to do" mantra. But there are two distinct markets with people of differing sensibilities. Those who opt for breeders will not solve these tragedies. Those who opt for rescue will save "these" tragedies for that ONE dog. But it's not like they are solving the crisis. The crisis is caused by, when you get right down to the nuts and bolts, a disposable dog mentality. That's what we have to solve. You can blame the breeders...ok, fairly said as part of the problem. But that which supplies those who have a disposable dog mentality (and they themselves, who think cash cropping is ok). You can blame those who don't adopt, too. But they aren't affecting the intake, are they? And the intake is the problem. Would I wish on ANY dog being a "rescue dog"? No! They are abandoned, scared, confused. I'd like to see a little more concern about THAT. I have an English Setter foster right now and I know when her adoption day comes it is going to rip her heart out to be taken away. And she will be confused and upset all over again. And this is happy because???? No, this shouldn't BE in the first place! The only ones who DO this right and don't put dogs through this are the responsible breeders. That doesn't put a halo on their heads, but they love their breeds, dedicate their lives to them and are the example of how this is done RIGHT....through selective breeding, buyer and breed education, carefully screened placements, there for lifelong support. Their role and example is part of what fixes this. Word.
By this sort of logic, no one should adopt, we should only foster! Because more lives get saved fostering vs adopting, no? Why should I not judge those who actually adopt and thereby close fostering space, for they could have saved MORE, could they not have? Of course, such thoughts are sheer lunacy, but it is said to make a point. The problem here is INTAKE, it is in the disposable dog mentality. Said in the full cultural expanse.....support those who do it right, save as many you as can, and make the long term goal evolving the culture that leads this to be a problem in the first place.
This is just one of those things that IMO is damaging. Alienating people towards rescue by such abrasive viewpoints. Responsible breeders are part of the SOLUTION. It is the example of how one should breed and why. The very WAY we make BYBs and mills look bad is by....hello?....contrasting them to responsible breeders. They are the good guys. And moreover do a primo job at educating and evolving those who get puppies from them. Make them into better dog owners, and to be examples for their communities. Be there as a support when things don't go right.
Those who opt for breeder dogs should not be condemned. Take me. I have been involved in rescue for well over fifteen years. I care dearly about the dogs, I also truly feel it is a true market and an excellent manner in which to get a dog. Plenty of Dogsters here have both breeder dogs and rescues. I think the greatest evidence that these are two different experiences are those who have rescue dogs they love dearly and who have no issues, but are curious to try the breeder route next. What of them? Can it be said they don't know of rescue or the experience? There can be such a thing as too much idealism.
Rescue, in my personal estimation, is leveling off somewhat. Articles like this help nothing. This is about working together, not separately. Having respect for people's individual sensibilities and to support them as they make POSITIVE decisions.
The problem isn't that some people go to breeders vs rescue. The problem is those who breed dogs irresponsibly, and those whose have too much impulse, paired with a disposable dog mentality. For as long as we have that happy little partnership, we have a problem.
Edited by author Mon Nov 12, '12 10:20am PST
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