Sep
19th

Thinking of Buying A Dog? Your Perfect Breed Could Be In Rescue!

I was asked by my friend Pam Martello to help her publicise the plight of a local shelter in Memphis.  I gladly agreed.  But first I wanted to say why I think going to a dog rescue organisation or animal shelter should always be your first choice.

If you’re thinking of buying a dog, your perfect breed could be in rescue, be ready to go home and cost you less money!

Rescue dogs should be your first choice because:

  1. Shelters and rescue centres are always overflowing with dogs needing good homes because of the mistakes we humans make when we choose them
  2. Shelters and rescue centres often run entirely on volunteers, so they need all the support they can get
  3. Many rescue dogs are not problem dogs – some come housetrained, good on and off lead, good with cats and other animals and with a lot of the training already done.  All they need is a bit of time, effort and love
  4. Rescue dogs can be in shelters for many valid reasons – including moving overseas, divorce and broken homes, or from breeders after show or working careers have ended.  Some have been in good homes all their lives and now just need a new one.
  5. Rescue shelters can offer you good, unbiased advice – after all they’re not ‘selling’ you a particular breed, just trying to make sure you get the right dog
  6. Rescue shelters can offer you options you might not have considered, which would work just as well as your ‘perfect breed’
  7. Pedigree dogs in shelters can sometimes come with pedigree papers
  8. Rescue shelters should do thorough home checks to make sure you can both be happy together
  9. You’ll spend a lot less than rushing off to buy a pedigree puppy, and
  10. It makes you feel great knowing you’ve given a homeless dog another chance at happiness

Now I’m not saying that all breeders don’t do home checks or offer alternatives.  Good breeders will do that, and will specifically refuse to allow you a dog from them if they think you’re a poor match.  I’m not saying that all rescue shelters do these things well.  You get bad rescue shelters and centres just the same as you get bad breeders.

But I would always go to rescue first.  Most of my dogs have been rescued. I can’t tell you how good it feels to see them blossom!

Pam’s request

Beverley, I am a bit involved with a group here trying to save our animal shelter. SOS Memphis – Save Our Shelter (www.sosmemphis.com) I am not in the trenches but I have done their web site. I am horrified the way humans treat these precious pets! Thank GOD for people like you!!!!!!  Thanks, Pam Martello, De Caro Realty, Memphis, TN

If you feel you can, please share this with other dog lovers via Facebook, Myspace or your other social networks.  If you can help in any way with time, volunteering or a small donation, just click the shelter link www.sosmemphis.com

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3 Responses to “Thinking of Buying A Dog? Your Perfect Breed Could Be In Rescue!”

  • Mitch says:

    The man made stigma attached to shelters and rescues, is that man made, based on ignorance.

    People will want to buy a puppy because it is cute and when the emotion from the cuteness wears off, the puppy is sometimes, all too often given up, because of lack of time, its a puppy which is like a child, they need attention, help, teaching, they want attention and affection and people didn’t think through bringing a puppy or dog into their home.

    Each and every day, puppies and dogs die in shelters, they are not put to sleep, they are killed, because we cannot stop making more.

    Adopt don’t shop

  • Beverley says:

    Hi Mitch. The stigma should be attached to wanton overbreeding for a mass market, and our fecklessness, not the rescues that have to pick up the pieces. That’s what this site is all about. Trying to help people make a good choice – even if that choice is not to get a dog in the first place. Better than than neglect and abuse. Well done on your rescue efforts – keep up the great work. Bev

  • Mitch says:

    “Companion animals Top

    Dogs Cats Birds Horses
    Percent of households owning 37.2% 32.4% 3.9% 1.8%
    Number of households owning 43,021,000 37,460,000 4,453,000 2,087,000
    Average number owned per household 1.7 2.2 2.5 3.5
    Total number in United States 72,114,000 81,721,000 11,199,000 7,295,000”

    * dogs in 2007, and yet people keep making more

    http://www.avma.org/reference/marketstats/ownership.asp#companion