Breeder or Rescue

You may have heard the “adopt don’t shop” slogan but what is the real difference of adopting from a rescue or adopting from a breeder.

AniPaws Believes education is the most important key to this question.

Yes it is true that there are many breeders in the world that do not practice ethical or humane methods of breeding.  However there are reputable breeders who do practice Good methods of breeding, and should not be put in the same category as puppy mills.

On the same token there are many shelters /rescues that do not have ethical and humane practices. Yet there are many that do.  The point of this blog is to educate on what to look for and what to ask.   

Once you have done your research on what breed you are looking for and have considered the energy level and amount of care that will have to go into the puppy.  You might start your search for the new family addition and the question might come up ..breeder? or shelter?

Here are some things to ask them.

Question to Breeders :

–   Ask to meet the parents of the puppies and to see where the puppies are currently living. Generally puppy mills will be hesitant to show  the parents or living conditions because they are  not in the best of shape (to put it lightly)

–  Ask how many litters the mother has had and how frequently, asking this will help you gauge if they are over breeding (a sign of unethical breeding) . 

–   Is the dog pedigreed or registered ?

– does this puppy come with a vet certificate of health and any first vetting like (de-wormers and shots )

–  The price of the dog can also be a sign. A person selling dogs for 1000’s might be in it for the wrong reasons.  How ever this is not always the case a breeder could be selling the dogs for the high prices to make sure the dogs are going to good homes . this is under the ideal that people will take better care of something that holds a higher money value.  Asking to see the puppies parents and environment can help you see if the owners are only in it for the money.

A breeder selling puppies for free is not a good sign as it allows for anyone to adopt the puppies and because they are free most people won’t see them as of value. This also can show that the breeder does not care about the puppy , I recommend that if you have an accidental litter to bring the puppies to a reputable shelter that can find good forever homes for them.  

  • Do not believe that buying a puppy from an unreputable source will help better the ethical or humane methods of the source, if they are practicing unethical and inhumane methods of caring, raising or breeding they are more than likely not going to change, regardless of owners purchasing their puppies.  The best thing you can do to help them is report them to a reputable shelter or rescue.

Questions for Rescues:

For a rescue you should also ask questions like

  • where is the dog from.
  • how long has the dog been in the shelter and why.
  • ask to see where the dogs are being kenneled.
  • The breed of the dog
  • Any known health issues
  • Is the pet vetted (shots , neutered, micro-chipped)

This will help you gauge whether or not the shelter or rescue is a reputable place of adoption.

There are plenty of good pets pure and mixed in shelters don’t be put off by mixed breeds they can be some of the best dogs an owner can have.

I have pets from both reputable breeders and reputable shelters. My Advice is when you are looking for a pet start in reputable shelters and if you can not find the perfect pet , search for a reputable breeder.

To conclude AniPaws believes that Adopting a dog or puppy from a reputable breeder or shelter is perfectly fine as long you do your research and you are prepared to love and care for the pet for the life of the pet.

I have worked at a reputable shelter and have adopted from them.  i have also rescued stray cats myself ( 50 + cats , i found homes for all of them) . I have two pets currently that are from reputable breeders and i am soon adding a third puppy from a reputable breeder.  I love them all the same and will forever be their loving home.