I will never purchase an animal from a breeder, or breed one myself.
The market for animals is so flooded right now, that even the most reputable of breeders with the highest caliber of animals and the best intentions are contributing to the problem. I would implore anyone looking to bring home a new family member to search their local shelters instead.
I work in veterinary medicine, and have done a lot of rescue work, and I can say without a doubt that it's much more rewarding to save a life than to create a new one.
We had a woman come into the clinic last week with her 5 lb yorkie bitch, who had never been vaccinated or given heartworm prevention in the 5 years she had visiting our hospital. The bitch had given birth to four babies already, but had not passed another since 7 am that morning. It was then 6 pm. Doc told her, I can give her oxytocin, but after reviewing the xrays [the pup was not headfirst, but not breach either, quite contorted] he said it was against his medical recommendation to do so, as it could cause detachment of the placenta. She insisted for 20 minutes that we try that route, rather than a c-section, and that she would pay us all for our time. Yeah, right. [We close at 6.] Her daughter finally convinced her to go ahead with the c-section, and I was witness to the birth of the final, and largest, puppy. He was beautiful, but as he took his first breaths, I couldn't help but wonder where he would end up. If his life would be filled with happiness and a full belly, or terror and neglect. As cute as he was, I found myself wishing that he had never come into existence.
I know my vision is one for an ideal world, which sadly, does not exist. I know people are still going to breed, and still pay thousands for "purebred" animals, but I can dream, right? For everyone one homeless and unwanted animal adopted, there is a step in the right direction...
We drink to our youth, to the days come and gone; for the age of oppression is now nearly done.
Last edited by arrowsaway; 10-24-2012 at 11:49 AM.