"Why Breed Dogs, when so many are homeless?"
Animal shelters and people willing to rescue and rehabilitate are very necessary. Responsible breeders are equally necessary. We must quit fighting the battle of breeders vs rescues – when neither is a problem and both are essential. This is a call to action to educate your fellow pet owner. The casual pet owners - those people most likely to dump a dog at a shelter or produce an unintentional litter of mixed breed puppies.
I am so sick of getting online and seeing any mention of breeding an animal being greeted by an immediate derogatory response. I don’t think people understand what they’re truly saying when they are discouraging someone from buying a dog by repeating slogans thrown around the media like “adopt, don’t shop” or “ For every dog you buy, a shelter dog will die”. First off – that second statement is far from the truth. If a family is looking for a specific breed puppy to suit their lifestyle – they won’t (and should NOT! ) settle for a shelter dog that doesn’t fit the bill just because their breed of choice isn’t available. Think about it.. If you are shopping for a brand new Corvette and the dealership has a long wait on them – are you going to go across the street and buy a used minivan? No, because that does not fit the bill of what will suit your lifestyle. That van may be too bulky for your garage, use more gas than you want to buy, and perform differently on the highway than you want.