I am a breeder - I will take any of my puppies back for any reason at any time if need be, but do not have the room or facilities to take any fosters at this time, although I did take one foster in and found her a new home about a year ago. We have owned several strays/shelter dogs in the past and both of our cats are rescued. I also microchip all of my puppies. I do donate money and food to the local Humane Society as well as participate in several of their fundraisers. I also donate DNA from my dogs to canine research programs. I do what I can, when I can.
Wiley ~ No I am not a breeder. I have enough poorly bred dogs in my house, I certainly don't need to add to the problem, as I wouldn't know the first thing about breeding. So I'll leave that to the reputable breeders.
By the end of the month I will have ten Maltese in my house. Five fosters, and five I've adopted. We are so desperate for foster homes, but not many will step up to lend a hand. It worries me. I'm worried for all the doggies.
Naturally I make donations to shelters & rescue organizations. I've come to avoid the majority of no kill shelters b/c I think too many are disingenuous at best, & flat out lying all too often.
I have rescued animals...the pretty little Sibe with heartworms...the injured bunny...the kitten wandering down my very busy street...the malnourished, flea ridden, sickly kits I bought from a well meaning but semi-ignorant person. (Despite their poor health they were very well socialized & had excellent temperaments)
Ironically the only 'formal rescue' was when I acquired my 5mo Irish Wolfhound puppy.
He was a sweetie...Nice looking, personable, well mannered, house trained, healthy, well socialized, reliable with kids, adults, people, cats, dogs, EVERYTHING.
The rescue didn't accept money for the dogs it places, although it was suggested that donations of money, food, supplies be made to local shelters. No way is a 5mo IW healthy, house trained, well mannered pup a real rescue!
I referred to him as adopted rather than rescued. (I had to let go of him several yrs ago. He lived to be just over 11 which is an amazing age for an IW)
Wiley's question, "How many of you breeders out there also rescue?"
We have had 1 litter of pups. I'm not sure if that makes me a breeder or not.
But to answer the question, we have never had a rescue dog or a foster dog. However we help finacially with monatary donations and other items which are in demand by our breed rescue in our area. Could we do more? Probablly. Something that we can strive to improve upon.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <