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I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
|Barked: Fri Dec 7, '12 2:17pm PST |
|That's part of the cure and part of the problem....the internet. Some people who look into rescue do so for viewing purebreds as inbred, disease prone, neurotic and so on. I actually have adopted to several of these people. But there are plenty others who address their concerns via the designer breeder route, who has taken full and gross advantage of that opening. That's part of the problem really, as rescue finds itself in an identity crisis of sorts. The tragedies, the urgency....accents no kill discourages...does drive some away, but take it away and a main selling point to rescue is gone. I mean, that is WHY you get a rescue puppy, at the end of the day. There's really not a selling point how rescue is superior when you have one side of unknown genetics, unknown background in terms of how they were raised (but likely not so hot), often separated from mom too young, etc., and the other with known genetics, optimal raising (or that you can convince yourself of such things, through ignorance and savvy marketing by the BYB's). There's a clash of sorts, for we are told, re breeders, how much genetics and testing matter, how imperative proper raising is, and then when you get to rescue pups it's "o, nevermind that!" Really, the reason why you rescue puppies is that they will otherwise die and have high likelihood to grow up into nice dogs, so why not save a life vs purchase, for even with the strictest of controls, it's never a sure thing with your breeder puppy. That I can promote and do. I see no other platform past that. It's a sweet, happy puppy with his whole life ahead of him and he's in danger. Save him and raise him well and you will be fine. Speaking here strictly of puppies, for I do think there are selling points well beyond "save me!" when it comes to adults.
That's part of why I say it is leveling. Not only that I feel it is, but that is was or is unrealistic to expect it not to. For a while, rescue was this new, fresh and awesome thing...a concept....full of promise. It drew many in, and continued to swell and popularize itself. But now the promise has shifted to the realities...still good, but with more of a known identity. Unlike twenty years before, some have had negative experiences. Some who have rescued with good experiences now want to try breeders, while others say they will never do anything but rescue. You see those sensibility splits, which is just expectable, IMO. That curiosity to try rescue, those wanting that new experience, can lead to a curiosity to try breeders as well. There is also rescue backlash....we see it here all the time. Where rescue is no longer an infallible icon, but very much human. Even the stressing that rescue was the "right thing to do." Ten years ago you could say that pretty freely. Now, this sort of social pressure has overstated itself and there is backlash. On a community such as this one, extremely dog savvy, some revolting against that are actual rescuers (meaning those who adopt their dogs). In a recent thread on this on the CAD forum, the majority of those responding had rescued their dogs. I know personally that quite a few of them will continue to do so. It's not that they don't think it is a good idea, but more that they realize it isn't for everyone. For a lot of someones it is, but people will rescue and make their decisions. You can't stop that. The BEST you can do is to make rescue an awesome experience and hope.
Which is what leads me back to my original point. The cold numbers put up, and the truth they avert. The lesser adoptables within that percentage. How much of the dog obtaining populus they will draw, or even what the result of those unions are. Some people do decide to go ahead and take on that behavioral dog or special needs medical and so on. They love their dog, but in the term do look forward to something that is simpler, more predictable. And as such will naturally start to think of breeders for their next dog. Which may or may not meet their expectations. Time will tell. But minimally look forward to the known vs unknown (i.e., pedigree, how the dog was reared, what his exposures have been, how he assessed within his litter), and critically to the long term support, something for which rescue itself remains grossly under evolved.
To me, and my sensibilities, I look past the numbers. What percentage are doing this in a good hearted way, or to avoid purebreds, or to get an adult vs a puppy, like the fostering concept vs a young puppy (i.e., known behaviors), or simply now view it (thankfully!) in a market sense....rescue is a manner by which you can obtain a nice dog. It's actually easier to find a rescue than it is a breeder, afterall
A question I think rescue ignores is if the kill factor weren't there...would things move backwards? It's a provocative question. I personally feel things in New England are moving backwards and with strong legislation against transport rescue, may continue only to head that way more. The designer dog breeders seem to me to have swelled proportionately, and rescue fees have skyrocketed, to the point where there isn't even much of a price difference oftentimes. I think rescue adults are safely held from this. To me rescue will always remain a superior option to get the adult of your dreams. But puppies right now, from my perspective, are heading into deep, deep trouble
Edited by author Fri Dec 7, '12 2:26pm PST
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