I disagree. I will never “adopt” a dog from a rescue again. Partly because of the attitudes of so many of the people who push adoption, partly because too many “rescues” are nothing more than alternative marketing entities for unethical breeders particularly puppy mills, partly because I have no desire to support organizations that want to shut down ethical breeders or that push policies that would shut them down (like pushing messages such as never buy a dog), partly for other reasons, and mostly because I have no desire to co-own my dog which is all the semi-palatable (read – notalternative marketing entities for unethical breeders) rescue organizations will allow.
I willlook for an ethical breeder when and if I am ready for another dog.
Partly because I want the (sensible) health checks and puppy immunizations, and, yes, Iknow there are thousands of perfectly healthy dogs on death row but I don’tknow which ones they are and, for the most part, neither does anyone else.
Partly because I want the well-done early socialization. And, yes, I know there arethousands of beautifully tempered dogs in the pounds but, again, I don’t knowwhich ones they are and my experience has been that rescuers aren’t muchhelp. Often because they don’t know nearly as much as they think they do and/or they are so bent on their mission that they miss on stuff they might actually know. I also know a bad early start can be overcome. I know how to do it; I’ve successfully done it. I don’t like doing it. Given achoice I would not have a dog rather than do that. I take care of the issues that come up with my dogs, whatever they are, but I see no reason to jump into the pool when Idon’t want to swim.
Partly because I support the ethical breeding of dogs because I don’t like whathappens when there are too few ethical breeders. I think “ethical” includes a lot of thingsthat most people probably don’t (like variety in the gene pool – such as mixing English/American &/or field/bench strains of labs) and doesn’t include a lot that most people probably do (like AKC – I’m not opposed to registering, just to the agenda intrinsic to the show world and the bottle-necked genetic pools).
And yes, I have taken dogs and cats from their kennels to (well, it wasn’t a gaschamber, it was anesthetic followed by lethel injection) on many days as Iworked as a kennel attendant (cleaned, fed, watered, mostly. Also bathed, walked, comforted, groomed fur and nails, gave medicine to, and moved forvarious reasons, and on and on). I’ve shed tears over it also, although I didn’t give many (any?) of them a last hug…they usually don’t like that under the best of circumstances and after theyknow you well, it adds to their stress, and, for most of the dogs and cats in that situation - it is a pretty sure fire way of getting bitten.
So, I guess I get to talk? I also think pushing rescue to the exclusion of common sense is a somewhat strange agenda. A speutered house mutt in the home of an intact dog isn’t going to add to the population.
Incidentally,there is nothing wrong with wanting an easy dog – easy grooming, easyexercising, easy training (ultra willing and somewhat dumb), easy to live with (laid back and absolutely no baggage),easy vet visits. I’ve had rough-coated collies, border collies, in-your-face-attitudes-all-the-time boneheads, fearful projects - and thoroughly enjoyed all of them in the times and places they each were mine. But the alternatives can be even better and are certainly more appropriate for most families.