Jan 29, 2015 - Shelter & Rescue    11 Comments

Hypocrisy on Parade: Another Call for Breeding Dogs in Shelters

Hypocrisy on parade in The Coming Shelter Dog Shortage, complete with ideas on how shelters can retain their “market share” in dogs:

The ideal thing would be for No Kill to find some way to co-opt the industry – to make sure there is a big enough supply of shelter dogs for community No Kill shelters to be able to maximize their market share. The most obvious way to do this would be to start importing homeless dogs from overseas.


Another way to tackle the problem would be for volunteers to breed litters which would then be donated to their local shelter for placement.

What? What… What?!?

On one hand, the author talks about dogs not being widgets… on the other, about shelters keeping or growing their market share. The argument for shelters breeding and placing puppies is one long advertising pitch!

Here’s a novel idea: if there is a shortage of dogs in shelters, rejoice! Then refocus on cats and other pets… and when that problem is solved, be thankful for all the amazing hard work you, big-hearted pet-owners, breeders, and lawmakers have put into creating a world where pets are no longer euthanized for space — and put a “closed” sign on the front door.

  • fearnot

    amen but we all knew it was coming to this it is not about the animals it is about the “market share’

  • Stormy Hope

    We’ve been watching this coming for several years now. Keeping the doors of the shelters and re-homing organizations open to stay in business. It’s not about the pets, it’s about the employees.

  • laurelladesborough

    This is definitely about animal rights (shelters, radical rescuers, etc) taking over the marketing of dogs!!! I bet the general public never saw this one coming! These people recognize the public wants puppies. They just want to be the only ones providing those dogs to the public. Hypocrites…absolutely. Now let’s see how many members of the public are going to accept this “marketing” of shelter-bred puppies…as opposed to purchasing a quality bred and correctly raised puppy from a responsible breeder.

    • Debbie Vaughn

      Not only taking over marketing but evolving of one’s self as the Holy Grail of all the doggie kingdom.

  • Kurt R Bryson

    I Raise My Own Dogs And Very Few Leave Here ! The Few That Do Go With The Supposed Rule That If they Need To Get Rid Of Them For Any Reason They MUST Come Back Here !!! We Saw One That Might Be One Of Ours At A Local “Shelter/County Pound” So We Went To Look And See. I Had To Or Did Tell Our Story Before We Went back To View The Dog And Was Told NO WAY WERE WE GETTING THE DOG ” YOU Are BREEDERS” As It Turned Out It Was Not One Of Our Pups. In Closing This Whole Idea Is NUTS Dogs Are Put To Sleep Everywhere Everyday.

  • Arnold L. Goldman DVM, MPH

    It’s not just hypocrisy now, it has progressed to hubris. Opponents of purebred dog breeding and ownership are no longer simply claiming shelter dog euthanasia is tragic and should be ended, but are now claiming they should replace purebred breeding even after euthanasia is no longer an issue. They feel so confident they need not disguise their animus, nor their goals any longer. They have rescued and sheltered themselves virtually out of business, and now foresee closure, disbandment, loss of face and loss of purpose. Could it be that the local public will soon come to recognize that local shelters are intended for local animals?

    • Vicki Eckstein

      I LOVE that last remark Dr. Arnold L. Goldman DVM, MPH… Local Shelters are intended for Local Dogs! Imagine that concept!!

      • Debbie Vaughn

        Did you want to say Corruptness

  • chienblanc4csi

    read that thing, and re-read it twice, just trying to get my head
    around the contradictions. The author and I had a brief back and forth before she closed the comments, probably out of frustration, and possibly with some regrets that it went public in the first place. What she and I discussed briefly was the transport and importation she was defending. So let’s get this straight – it’s cruel to breed puppies from health
    screened parents, vetted, wormed and 1st vaccs, sell them, put them in a
    crate and ship them to a pet store, where there might not be ideal
    conditions, inexperienced staff, and sell them again to anyone with
    money. Right? Got that? OK now, here we go. It’s NOT cruel to breed
    puppies from random dogs with unknown genetic health issues, sell them
    and call it a transfer fee, put them in crates and ship them to a
    shelter, where they will be exposed to adult stray dogs, potential
    diseases, loud and stressful surroundings, possibly
    un-inspected, unregulated, with inexperienced volunteers, and sold to
    anyone with money. Or, put back in
    crates and driven to another location, a busy retail store or a big “adoption” event with random
    strange dogs coming and going and with those inexperienced people again
    and strangers manhandling them for days before getting sold to anyone
    with money. If they aren’t sold within a certain period of time, there
    will be someone with creative writing skills to make up a terrible sad
    story about how this “poor puppy was saved from a heartless breeder who was only in
    it for the money” . . . but . . . but . . . wait . . . what are we
    talking about here, I forget.

  • Brandia

    I say on my webpage that my dream is for someone to call me & say we looked in all of the shelters but there were no dogs so we are trying rescues & they don’t have any either… That’s my dream. Problem is that most rescues only want the cute young adoptable dogs, so I take the one’s no one else wants from the shelters & general public. Animal rescue is a LIE there is only rescue resell & branding at this point. I work with maybe 3 rescues who I have umbrella-d under my 501(c)3 & the rest of my rescue associates are breeders, yes breeders: They were the original rescuers without all the fanfare, bashing of others, blood & guts, they just worked to save & rehome dogs & most of the breeders I work with work TWO jobs to be able to breed once or twice a year & some also show & train their dogs for specific activities. No they don’t use the animals I give them to breed, they guard their bloodlines like a jealous wife, & yes they pay for all the vetting for that breed or even a mixed breed & they usually have a waiting list of folks looking for a dog! If I find a group of dogs in trouble I can call a couple of rescues & it’s always let’s set up a paypal, get some pictures & then once we get a certain amount we can do something, if I call a breeder it’s: Do I need to bring my van or do we need a u-haul, do we need to bring food & formula or blankets & what is the address, I can clear my schedule for today or tomorrow.

  • BridgetD

    I have heard of shelters and rescues doing this, and I think it is the most ludicrous thing that I have ever heard of. First of all, outside of the No-Kill circle, euthanasia is still a problem. Not as big a problem as 20 years ago, but dogs in certain areas are still being euthanized due to lack of space. Second, rescue should not be a business or a way to fill a niche in the pet market. Rescues should be a way to find homeless dogs who are already here a home. If you breed a litter, you become a business and need to drop your 501(c) status. Third, VERY stupid position from a PR standpoint. People who rescue come in a few colors. There are some that just want a cheap dog. But many of us rescue because we feel that there is a need for it. When you start breeding your own litters, that’s admitting that the need has gone. As such, die-hard rescuers will not continue to support you. Then what are you going to do with those puppies? Finally, and most obviously, it’s sheer hypocrisy. Most AR-type people condemn breeders and anyone who breeds dogs. You cannot support this and condemn another breeder.

    There are many, many good rescues and shelters out there who do good work and would never intentionally breed a litter to fill the market or make a buck. But, for shame on those who claim to be a “rescue” under false pretenses.