|Barked: Fri May 4, '12 1:28pm PST |
|I have attempted to go through a couple rescues. Far too strict, and the people had a "high and mighty" attitude that was very unpleasant to deal with. So... Probably a no for the future. Shelter... probably not as well.
I did get Conker from a shelter, but that was before I had read up on the possible problems caused by early spaying and neutering (which Conker did undergo at the shelter). I really do not agree with that practice at all, and now I refuse to support it. If that means not "adopting" a dog from a shelter or rescue, even a very nice one, so be it. I'd rather have the long-term health decisions for my dog be made by me, not someone who wants to prevent any and all litters that might result from an adopted out dog. (Now, a dog who's already had the procedure done I might consider since it's no longer a decision I can make, but that depends on many factors.)
To add to that, I minimally vaccinate. Most shelters want to know my dog's (even the other two who aren't really mine) vaccination records, which I really don't think is any of their business at all.
Don't get me wrong here, I'm not trying to bash shelters and rescues. I just don't agree with some of the stuff a lot of them do, and if I can find one that would be willing to let me have a dog without being forced to alter, I'd be all for that. I wouldn't breed a shelter dog, I don't know it's genetics or background, just to be clear on that.
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