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Pet Fostering and Purebred Rescue

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

Did you know that you can find a purebred dog at a shelter? It’s true. More than 20 percent of dogs at shelters are purebreds.

I always preach “adopt, don’t shop,” yet, I’ve never made it to a shelter because all of my animals have found me. Still, for those of you who must have a purebred dog, please consider adopting at a rescue. There are rescues for every type of dog and cat. Want a Siberian Husky? Then go to a Siberian Husky rescue. Want a Siamese cat? Go to a Siamese cat rescue. There is no need to shop at a pet store (puppy mill) or a breeder.

Following is a short video on Pet Fostering and Purebred Rescue. It was part of the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s ACES (Animal Center Education Services) program. It is a free program that teaches animal welfare workers how to run an animal center.

This section of the video is led by Angela Morris of P&G Pet Care. She talks about breed-specific animal organizations and rescue dogs and behavioral training. With Angela are Mike Arms of the Helen Woodward Animal Center and Krissie Newman of the Ryan Newman Foundation.

To see the other ACES workshop videos, click here to hear Mike Arms, executive director of the Helen Woodward Animal Center talk about Fundraising and Sponsorships for animal welfare groups. Click here to hear Krissie Newman of the Ryan Newman Foundation talk about Finding Families for Orphaned Pets.

10 comments to Pet Fostering and Purebred Rescue

  • At the Center, we’ve seen everything from pure bred Shih Tzu’s to Bernese Mountain Dogs… and everything in between, too! Thanks Michele!

  • All breeders should be active in rescue. If you are contributing to the problem of overpopulation, you should be contributing to the solution. Breeders need to at least take their own animals back, and help support their own breed rescues.

  • That is what the good breeders do. Still, I advocate adopting at a shelter or rescue group. Thanks Debbie–Best, Michele

  • Thanks for bringing purebred rescue to light, Michele. I’ve been a volunteer breed rep with Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue for 20 years and am still surprised at how few people are aware of the number of purebred dogs that end up in shelters. Some have minor behavior issues because they’ve been mishandled by previous owners, but almost all of them respond quickly and positively to a new family and good leadership. There are also many purebreds, just as mixed breeds, that land in shelters because owners have divorced, been deployed, moved to a nursing home or the dog has simply jumped the fence in a thunderstorm and couldn’t find its way home. The rare dogs that have serious behavior issues are never made available to the public. One of the things I love about rescue dogs is what you see is what you get — you pretty much know what you’re getting in temperament and size. For people who are bent on getting a puppy from a breeder, I urge them to ask the breeder whether they are actively involved in the breed’s rescue, and what that has involved. That will tell them who the responsible breeders are.

  • Thanks Vicki, You made a good point about asking the breeder if he is active in the specific breed’s rescue group. –Best, Michele

  • Thanks Debbie, You are spot on! –Michele

  • Thank you, Michelle, for pointing out the advantages of The Adoption Option! As a former no-kill shelter employee and veterinary clinical / surgical assistant, I so appreciate your attention to this topic! It is true that most behavioral issues we see in shelters are minor and the direct result of mishandling. We need to start paying attention to qualified animal behaviorists / veterinary behaviorists when learning about positive training and behavior modification methods — rather than hack trainers and television celebrities who have no real credentials and employ old aversive techniques that do more harm than good. I think if we help educate pet owners on how to build positive relationships with their pets, we will see fewer of them landing in shelters. It’s a process, but a necessary one if we want to end the suffering and death. I look forward to the day when shelters are no-kill, sparsely populated and stays for resident animals are mercifully short. I think we can do this!

  • Thank you Margot, I totally agree with you!–Best, Michele

  • Ahem. Next time I will remember that you have a single “L” in Michele ;) Mea culpa!

  • No problem Margot. A lot of people spell it with two L’s.–Michele with one L.