In the past seven days I have seen four instances where people got their puppies from a “breeder”. Out of the 4, I can say only 1 of the puppies was from a reputable breeder. The others….two were from a puppy mill and one was from a back yard breeder. So sad.
About 6 years ago – I was determined to purchase a Goldendoogle or Labradoodle. Partly because my husband complains about my cat’s fur all over the place. Doodles don’t shed as they have “hair” not fur. So I set out looking for a “designer” dog. In my research, I found shelters and rescues all over the place were popping up with this breed. I had no idea that you could find a pure bred dog at a shelter or rescue…let alone a well behaved or loving dog. My impression of a shelter was just like many…”those dogs did something bad”.
After many months of searching and trying to convince my husband to let us get a dog, we ended up rescuing a puppy from Golden Gate Lab rescue (this was before I even knew BHS existed). He is a mix and truly the best dog anyone could have.
What this lesson taught me was something that I will never forget…DO YOUR RESEARCH. Since then, obviously, I have gotten quite involved in the cause of rescuing animals or giving them a second chance on life and love. But I still think back to when I was naive and didn’t know about the plight of shelter animals. I had no idea that in this country alone we euthanize 6-8 Million companion animals a year. So I try and approach people who purchase pets with this knowledge and try and share with them that shelters and rescues do have pure bred animals if that is what they desire.
I met a girl the other day in a pet store when I was getting some cat food. She was telling us about her pure bred dog and how it had a milieu of health issues and needed daily medical care. After a few minutes, I asked her where she got it. Turns out, she got it from a back yard breeder/puppy mill somewhere in the backwoods a few hours from Chico. She didn’t know at the time that you are not supposed to “meet” your breeder at a location other than their home. They met in a parking lot. After the breeder didn’t return her calls, she dug around a little and found out that this person in fact was a back yard breeder.
Anyway -my point is….It is important we do our research. It is important we adopt from shelters as there are amazing animals at shelters just looking for a second chance on life. These animals are not bad, most of them are just lost (yep that’s right…just lost). And those who are surrendered by their owner are usually there because the family did not have time for him or her.
Anyway- I hope that we all continue to spread the word of shelter animals and we begin to learn truly what it means to adopt and not buy. There are millions of animals in shelters all across this country just waiting for a second chance.
Just FYI shelter animals usually come with:
- Current vaccinations
- Spay and Neuter
- Temperament evaluation
Please do your research and give a shelter or rescue animal a second chance. Together we can shut down illegal and inhumane breeding and cut down on the homeless animal population in our country .
– Kristen Staggs
Adopt ~ Don’t buy! Spay and Neuter ~ Don’t Breed!