The Humane Society of the United States repeatedly states that 25% of the dogs in shelters are purebred dogs. If you have followed the rants of this organization during the last few years, you know that they have more than once had serious cases of “pants on fire.” And yet this “estimate” is constantly being quoted by animal rights groups and in news stories as fact.
This deception is the justification of HSUS and other animal rights groups to lobby for laws that take away the rights of responsible dog owners and dog breeders, for advocating mass euthanasia of shelter dogs, and continuing to oppose No Kill shelters. This is the justification for saying that if you buy a purebred dog, you kill a shelter dog.
They aren’t telling you that some purebred dogs that are picked up had escaped from their homes to go on a doggie grand adventure. They were logged into the shelter and immediately reclaimed by their owners.
They aren’t telling you that shelter workers often call a dog a purebred if she “looks sort of like” a recognized breed.
They aren’t telling you that some purebred dogs that are not reclaimed are taken in by breed rescue groups because of demand for these dogs.
Unless a dog comes into a shelter holding his AKC pedigree in his teeth, there is no way anyone can tell for sure if the dog is purebred. The truth is that there is no way to know how many purebred dogs are held in shelters for prolonged periods, but common sense should tell us it is nowhere near one-fourth of them.
I’ve written some posts on remarkable shelter dogs, but some people want a purebred dog. They have done the research and they want a dog with the characteristics, size, temperament, and intelligence that fits their lives. They look for responsible breeders who provide these dogs, who breed them with care and socialize them with love. These are breeders who take a dog back into their homes if the adoption doesn’t work out.
You probably heard that the breeder who sold VP Biden his German Shepherd puppy has been harassed and cited by dog wardens/bureaucrats who swooped in on her like a SWAT team. She was found not guilty of every citation, but legal fees have cost her $4000 so far.
She has had false information rumors and lies printed about her operation and has even received death threats. This is a long time breeder with a good reputation who was in compliance with regulations until she sold a puppy to a high profile person and attracted attention from media, bureaucrats, and animal rights groups.
I’ve been having an email conversation with a woman who tried to find a purebred shelter Poodle within a 50-mile radius for 5 months. She has always had Poodles and that’s what she wanted to add to her pack of two other Poodles. She was told by one shelter that rescue groups from the San Francisco area get first dibs on any purebred Poodles that come in.
She finally gave up and bought an adult Poodle she found for sale on craigslist. She wrote that she’s thrilled to have gotten a totally socialized dog who fits right into the family.
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