Seven years ago today I walked out of a shelter with my Madelynne. I left behind her 2 sisters. I donít know how many dogs the breeder dumped at the shelter to start with, but when I got there, there were three left, and they had been there for a month. Madelynne was the last to leave the shelter. A month after I adopted her, those 2 little pekepoo girls were put to sleep after 2 months of unsuccessful attempts by shelter workers to find them a home. This page is for them.
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Iím really starting to wonder of any ethical breeders even exist. It seems that most people are of the opinion that if they are not puppy mills or backyard breeders, then they are ethical. Sorry, but I donít share that opinion.
I was under the misconception that ethical breeders only bred dogs and cats with traits that were remarkable or outstanding for their breed. I think thatís the way it should be. Unfortunately, itís not.
I was surfing the other day and I came across a page that mentioned they had puppies available. They were taking deposits. And, they had another litter on the way. I was horrified. 2 litters in 2 months time from 2 different dogs? and the same page had the standard stop the puppy mills links. But, is what they are doing much better? I seriously doubt that both those dogs have traits and characteristics remarkable to their breed. This person was obviously just trying to make money. That ticks me off.
Breeders can talk until they are blue in the face about how they screen, but from what I have seen, most breeders I personally have had contact with will sell to anyone that has the money to buy. And how do they know what the person they are selling to is going to do with the dog? For example, will they spay or neuter? The papers, as well as the shelters in my area are full of dogs that are half or part purebred. And the ones in the paper are usually free to good home, because naturally, if a dog isnít purebred, then they think it isnít ďworthĒ anything. If you would like to see a rather graphic example of how ďfree to good homeĒ can end up, by all means Email Me and I will send you a link.
I know someone, who will remain unnamed, that has a little daschund. I am sure that whomever sold them the dog thought she was going to a good home. These people make well over 100k a year. They live in a large, nice house, they are quite comfortable. When she was puppy, they took excellent care of her. Kept her inside the house, fed her, played with her. Then, she got a bit bigger. At about 6 months old, she wet the carpet. She now lives in the backyard, alone. There is little shade, and I is not unusual for temperatures in that area to reach 100 degrees in the summer. I visited them for a week. In the 7 days I was there, they fed her 5 times, and she frequently ran out of water. I wonder what the person who sold her to them would think now? The bottom line is, no matter how good of a home it appears to be, unless you plan to move in with them, you never can be absolutely sure what will happen to that life you brought into the world.
I strongly believe that spay and neuter laws should be mandatory without a breeders license. And a license should be very difficult to get. In my opinion, breeders should have to meet the following requirements before they are allowed a license:
First and foremost, I firmly believe anyone thinking about breeding should have a full tour of an animal shelter. I donít mean one of those lovely few and far between no kill shelters, where all the so called unadoptable animals have been filtered out, I mean a kill shelter, like the one in my county, where 90 percent of the animals that come in are euthanized. I think they should also be required to watch an animal be euthanized. This might sound a little harsh, but, in my opinion, itís far too easy to distance yourself from something if you simply hear about. Seeing a perfectly healthy, cute animal euthanized simply because no one wants it will put them firmly in touch with the reality of what they will be adding to by breeding.
If after that, they still wish to breed (and I have a very difficult time understanding why anyone would) They should have to pay a stiff fee for a license. They should only be licensed to breed one specific breed. Before they can obtain this license, their knowledge of that particular breed should be tested, as well as their knowledge of breeding in general. There should be a limit to how many licenses are given for each breed in each area, and they should have to buy a separate license for each dog that is to be bred.
These are just my opinions. If you donít like them, thatís fine, as I said, use your back button. I am the one that has to deal with the results of irresponsible breeding. It kills me to think of all the animals that are in shelters, doomed to be put to sleep while others are producing puppies and kittens as fast they can, just for their own personal gain and profit.
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