wiley i to wish all the shelters were empty and not another animal ever needed to be found a home or euthanized. but a rescue dog is not always appropriate for everyone, for various reasons, and i understand that also.
sorry your neighbors seem to be the bottom feeders of the dog world =(
Well I can agree with the wishing the pound were empty. I can't think of any animal lover that wouldn't wish that. I just see it as 2 parts, one is RESPONSIBLE breeding the other is RESPONSIBLE ownership. Without BOTH there will always be dogs in the pound.
I get mad when people don't spend the money to have their dogs micro-chipped today. Becoming lost is the #1 killer of companion animals. That is why my puppies go micro-chipped, I am not leaving it up to the new family. (and I know micro-chipping has it's limitations-- but it is a big help in many instances).
I would like to see no more shelters. I would have loved for there to never had been a reason for them. But realisticly we are not gonna have them shut down for lack of homeless pets now or any time in the future. There is always gonna be idiots out there that would rather dump an animal then keep them.
Thanks for your permission, I have cross posted it and provided a link to your rescue site.
As for your wish to see all shelters empty, I agree with all the others. I believe we would all love to see the shelters empty.
I also know there are times and situations where a rescue is not going to be able to provide us with a specific dog (and I am NOT talking designer dogs). I have had and have taken friends and family to the shelter and paid adoption fees as a gift. "Pound puppies" are wonderful companions.
I fell in love with and studied the Pyr breed for nearly 2 year before I brought my 1st Pyr home. I DID try the rescue route, which was not something that worked for me. I purchased from a breeder, twice, one with whom I had been in touch for over a year. She is also very active in Rescue as well.
As most folks on here know, while Beau is neutered, Angel was spayed and Arwen is spayed, I DID have an accidential litter out of Angel and Beau. Ubs is still intact becasue of show. He does NOT care for the ring so will be neutered and will go with my daughter and her family to their new home when they move.
They (Angel & Beau) were a planned pair, Beau simply moved it up by about a year and a half. While I understand the need for homes for the shelter dogs, I also understood the need for careful selection of my pup homes and more than 2 years later am happy to report that all "pups" are "altered" and are happily and forever placed in loving homes.
Would I have done it differently if given a second chance?, you bet! I would have waited the extra time as planned, but this was a pair that had been selected specifically to carry on excellent lines and breed standards and wonderful temperments. Spaying Angel was a decision made after I watched her heart break every time another of her pups was placed.
I don't feel as if they took the place of pups or dogs from the shelters as these dogs (including mine) went to home specifically looking for a Pyr with the qualities of my dogs.
I DO encourage the many folks who contact me via my Pyr's site to go to rescue if they are not planning on showing thier dogs. I provide links to rescue and I also list Pyrs in NEED of rescue.
I support the local shelter and can claim happy placement for more than a few dogs from them, including our last dog before Angel.
I am also more than willing to work with ANY who ask for support and information to help them get through that difficult time and help keep yet another Pyr out of a shelter.
What a lovely world if the only pups born were those who had a perfect home waiting for them!
I applaud you and all who make the effort to undo what careless and uncaring individuals are responsible for doing daily, adding to the numbers of those who will die through no fault of their own.