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So was reading this article
And just felt like asking what you all thought?
I belive that there are many ethical breeders, as well as unethical ones.
I dont believe that there is a "pet overpopulation" honestly. Many people are looking for pets every day, its estimated to be at least twice as many people are looking, compaired to the animals in shelters avaialable. Many shelters dont actually have adoption programs, and are only going on reclaim. Of course many shelters and rescues adopt out animals and can be quite successful with it. In my area, we have many ethical breeders and we have many amature breeders (not to mention the puppy mills we havent found yet and back yard breeders) but our local shelters manage to adopt out about 98% of all the dogs and cats brought in (I did a massive project on our district shelters for Stat, I went through all the numbers dearies!) For more reading about this heres a couple articles and stuff about it
Of course, Its always a wonderful idea to rescue a shelter animal, you save a life, its economical, you can find pure-bred animals as well as cross, depending on where you go you can get info about the indavidual animals history, and how can you say no to those loving faces? Totally worth it!
On the otherhand, its perfectly alright to adopt from a breeder as well. I'm one of those people that likes toknow what I'm getting into, and many shelters dont lable the dogs possible breed(s) accuratly all the time, particularly with puppies. And Its nice knowing if your animal is suseptable to certain illnesses and stuff, with a more clear idea on the indaviduals health. And lets not even get into potential temperments. In otherwords, people are more sure of what they are getting if they get it from an ethical breeder.
But heres the thing. What makes a breeder ethical? And thats what I want to hear from you guys!
Personally for me.. and ethical breeder would: