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a pet rant again

Over the years of going from farm kid to breeder to rescuer and foster then back to breeder and farm owner I have come to realize our entire system to fight homeless pets is completely flawed.  We could spend the next 100 years trying to adopt out all the pets in shelters and rescues and we’d never get ahead because we are doing it from the wrong direction.  Cleaning up after the irresponsible breeders does not make less pets appear in shelters.  It makes space so the rescuers can go empty out a millbreeder of a bunch of animals they are threatening to PTS so that they can breed more.  I actually was on the receiving end of some dogs from just such a case where the rescuers practically killed themselves and cut all adoption prices to find homes faster.  All in order to bail out this millbreeder who had no intention of stopping breeding and would just refill the cages with something he thought he could sell better.  So long as there is somewhere for the bad breeders to dump their excess and accidents they will never stop breeding.   Even if we make it so that it’s impossible to make money breeding people will still do it and some on a grand scale just to do it or just to avoid neutering their animal that they never supervise.  It’s a dead end road.

What I think the solution is goes entirely against the rescue crowd.  If we encouraged buying from responsible breeders and researching responsible breeders people would stop impulse buying and the good breeders could determine what and who should be breeding.  The breeders who are willing to educate people, make sure their animals are not going to a home where they are likely to end up in a shelter(I know you can’t guarantee it), and want to improve something on the breed.  I don’t agree with having to breed to standard only but producing something that is going to be useful for the purpose you are selling it for I think falls under responsible.  Pairing up buyers and animals because you know what you are breeding is also responsible.  If we did that people would do more research before buying because it would be stressed on them to find a good breeder, the quality of the animals would go up both by health and personality, and as a result fewer of those animals would end up in shelters.  If we also had mostly breeders who would always take back any animal for any reason (I’m not saying they have to refund money) then we could probably narrow down our use of shelters/rescues to mostly small breed rescues that exist for when an owner and the breeder are truly in a bad situations rather than the people who are just looking to get out from under an animal so they can make more.  If dog and cat owners, or other animals that aren’t far too cost prohibitive to alter, had neuter agreements in place where they decided whether what they sold needed neutered or was breeding quality and could reclaim any animals not neutered by an agreed upon age or that are bred outside the agreement then accidental litters could nearly be erased.  We could eliminate impulse buying, millbreeders, and accidents just by making it socially correct to find a responsible breeder.

It will never happen though because the organizations that concentrate on pet welfare think the solution to bad breeding is no breeding instead.  They will always stress adopting and making room for irresponsible breeders to keep dumping their extras rather than encouraging the responsible breeders.  They will keep making even the best breeders who really aren’t contributing to pet overpopulation in to villians.  Personally when it comes to pretty much everything but meat animals I am never getting an animal from anywhere except a responsible breeder with pedigreed or registered animals again.  Adoption and antibreeding propaganda is never going to solve the problems in the pet trade.


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6 Responses to “a pet rant again”

  1. I agree with the comment above. People just don’t want to take care of the responsibility it takes to keep a pet long term. They get an animal and decide a couple of weeks or months later that they no longer want the hassle of taking care of it.

  2. ladysown says:

    i think that overall your article is spot on. Breeders aren’t the bad guys. the bad guys are the breeders who don’t give a rip and the buyers who after the initial “love phase” is over don’t give a rip. so encouraging buyers from a good breeder is what will over all help.

    Making it more expensive to dump a pet helps as well. Though for some that will simply mean releasing it into the wild and people need to know exactly what that means for their “pet”.

    Now defining what it means that people don’t give a rip might be important as it doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone.

  3. tailwagging says:

    I agree breeders need to make sure the buyer knows the good bad and ugly about the breed before selling to them.
    and yes most good breeders will take back the pet if it doesn’t carry a heath risk to the other pets. should they have to? no. they do because they care, not that they should bare the brute of a owner throwing the pet back. the breeder didn’t hold a gun to the buyer’s head and force them to buy the pet. buyers should carry the responsibility for what they sought and bought.
    if a breeder could have pups altered (breeds that can have it done young) before they go it would help! but in doing so it would drive the cost of a pet so high that most would go and get an un-altered..
    free altering clinics would help soooo much!

  4. akane says:

    I don’t mean to regulate anything and my way small breeders would benefit since they are the ones who are most likely to take the time to make sure buyers are knowledgeable. I mean that people should be encouraged to research breeders and find ones that takes steps to make sure their animals go to a good home and match the buyer so they are less likely to end up in shelters. If it became the social norm like adopting is then people would research the animal they want more while trying to find a breeder and deal more with the breeders who are trying to prevent their animals ending up homeless. They would be better educated and prepared buyers. I don’t care who shows, who doesn’t, who culls hard…. It has nothing to do with who is a responsible breeder. The effort they put in to selling their rabbits and making sure the person is knowledgeable is what makes them responsible. They show responsibility for the animals they sell and make sure the animals they breed suit the purpose the person wants it for and the person knows what to expect and the care to give. I don’t want anyone to enforce anything I just want society to recognize the responsible breeder instead of antibreeding anything which is accomplishing nothing. I want the propaganda that all breeding is bad to be replaced with simply research and know your breeder.

    Maybe the millbreeders would start to PTS everything instead but that’s not very cost effective and if everyone is going to responsible breeders rather than millbreeders who breed anything to sell to anyone while usually lying horribly about the animal’s care requirements they’d have no business. They’d have to put down every animal they had which would result in casualties but it would prevent the 1000s they would have bred, sent to homes that have no knowledge of proper care for that animal because all they’ve heard is millbreeder propaganda, and end up in shelters. People would neuter more because they would have a harder time selling their accidents and most individuals don’t want to pts healthy young animals. As soon as it becomes inconvenient enough people would start being more responsible about neutering or breeding.

  5. tailwagging says:

    No, they would just dump the “pet” out in the woods to fend for itself.
    There is no really good answer for it. who is to say what makes a good breeder? some say those who show, others say it is ones who don’t. some say it is ones who breed with a heart and other say it is ones who cull hard. some say ones who do it for money will be more likely to want to sell a good pet so that a buyer can’t come back on them and get their money back and others say if it is all about the money then the breeder will be cheap in care of their breeders….

    if you regulate more then you more big industry breeding and less in-home…

  6. devonw says:

    The problem I believe lies with the fact that as long as there is a place to dump an animal (shelter) people will continue to buy animals and dump them when they get bored of them. I believe if you took away the shelters/rescues people would definitely think twice about buying a pet.

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