Anyway, let's begin. We're all somewhat familiar with what pet rescue is, but even if you know lots of about rescue, I'm sure you'll still enjoy this post!
First, if somebody wanted a dog (or a cat, but this is just an example) they would have a few choices of where to look for a dog.
A kill shelter
A no-kill shelter (like the humane society)
A rescue organization
Let's take a look into each of these options, shall we?
Kill Shelters aren't always necessarily called that, but I'm just calling it that to make sure you all know what I'm talking about. If an animal doesn't get adopted at a shelter in a certain amount of time, they'll be euthanized. Sometimes, even when a "Pit Bull" is brought into the shelter, it'll immediately be put to sleep. Kill shelters are a great place to adopt from, as they have purebreds, mixed breeds, and all sorts of dogs who depend on you!
The reason I put Pit Bull in parenthesis is because over 30 percent of the dogs that enter shelters are labeled Pit Bulls. They could actually be American Staffies, Staffie, Boxers, Bulldogs, or quite often a hodge podge of lots of breeds. A lot of those dogs usually aren't even Pits! Because this isn't a Pit article, I'll get into that some other time.
No-Kill Shelters are the same as kill shelters, but as the name implies, they do not euthanize the dogs that enter their care. No-Kill shelters, like humane societies, are also great places to look for the dog of your dreams!
Rescues are the ones that take in the unwanted dogs. The hurt dogs. The bully breed dogs that nobody wants. Pet rescues pull dogs from shelters and put them in foster homes until the right person steps up to adopt that individual animal. They run on donations, are supported, and have regular adoption events. Rescues also usually accept owner surrenders. That way, if somebody didn't want their dog. whether the reason is good or not, they won't have to bring their dog to a kill shelter where it risks euthanasia.
I've worked with rescue groups in the past and I still do today. Rescues save the lives of the unwanted animals. Unwanted animals and a kill shelter don't mix well. Rescues I believe are the future of pets (they've saved millions of lives) in a way, and I hugely recommend that you adopt from a rescue organization! Some organizations will have dogs and cats, some will just have one of those animals, some rescues take in a variety of breeds, and some rescues focus more on one breed. Whatever it is, rescues are great!
To rescue or to "purchase" is a controversial topic among pet parents these days. After all, why "purchase" a high quality pup from a breeder when you save a pet's life? Even though I'm a huge advocate for pet rescues, I also stand for reputable breeding. Selective breeding.
When people say getting a dog from a breeder is "purchasing" the pup, I still consider it to be adopting. You might do what some people call "purchase it", but you are still welcoming that pet home as a member of the family, and I don't see how that's not an adoption. It's not you're displaying your new pup on your dresser...come on, it's a member of your family!
You probably know that Christmas is from a very reputable Dachshund breeder. If I wasn't looking for a show dog, I would never have went the breeder route and instead I would have looked into local rescues or shelters. I've also been supportive of the ones who wisely breed healthy dogs, but rescues help save lives. There wouldn't any rescue dogs though if breeders didn't breed first! However, if you thoroughly learn more about that breeder for reputability, you have some money set aside, maybe want a breed you can't find in rescues, or if you feel the breeder path is the best, breeders offer wonderful pets!
I hope this post has clarified some great information on finding the right place to adopt your next best friend...we'll pick back up on Wednesday!