Bloodlines, Paper and heartbreaking Results
One of the most frustrating and heartbreaking things I encountered in rescue is the reaction of too many breed specific rescues when being approached with the plight of a dog or cat on death row that is their breed or partially their breed, but can't claim a piece of paper: Rejection!
I don't know how many complaints and emails I received from such rescues to delete them off my mailing list and not to border them again with my 'spam'!
Yes, the email or post of a death-row animal was often called that: Spam!
Usually these complaints and emails are send with a long list of qualities only a 'pure-bred' member of their breed has...
...while I am sitting there thinking about all the TV shows and articles that speak of those 'pure-bred' breeds and list a wide variety of health issues they are prone to get!
So why is my supposed (often they just can't claim that paper, but look just like the real thing to me and many others) lowly Mutt worth less?
Why does it have to die?
It breaks my heart to see an animal die because it wasn't 'pure'! It reminds me of Harry Potter and Voldemort's war against 'Muggles' and 'Muggle-born'! But it even more reminds me of what Hitler did to create and preserve his 'Arien' race!
It reminds me of thousands of years of history that speak of wars between people over believes, race, color, religion!
I highly respect my fellow rescuers from breed rescues that will look beyond that to me worthless piece of paper and send my emails on to those that may be able to help!
To those 'Others': I'm sorry, but you and I are not in the same business!
My business is rescue!
So I looked at the definition found in Merriam-Webster (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rescue)
"to free from confinement, danger, or evil : save,"
I looked it over a few times...
Yes, I belief very strongly about this:
If you are one of the 'other' rescues, please change your name and call yourself something else! The definition does not include the words "only if" or "limited to"!
Your Rejection may have just caused a life!
You and I are not in the same 'business'!
Once upon a time...
...there were five little black puppies found semi-feral and almost starving!
Nobody wanted them until somebody mentioned the magic words: "Pure-bred!" Two were adopted and I was going to get the last three on their last day. One more made it out safe!
A day later I receive a call from a lady that adopted the first two. She wanted Spicey, because one of hers had died of distemper and she wanted a replacement!
Yes, her exact words!
Spicey's sister died because she was a puppy in a shelter and hadn't received all her shots yet. She was exposed to distemper. Stayed too long in this place because she was black and considered a 'Mutt'! Unwanted until somebody said: "Hey! She looks PB!"
Her three sibblings made it out on their last day! Since my two don't look that PB anymore I hope this lady didn't 'get rid of' their surviving brother when she found out he wasn't PB!
Look up the history of the breed you favor and see which dog breeds were mixed to create yours!
"The modern Labrador's ancestors originated on the island of Newfoundland, now part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The founding breed of the Labrador was the St. John's Water Dog, a breed that emerged through ad-hoc breedings by early settlers of the island in the 16th century..." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrador_Retriever#History)
The 'pure-breed' dog this lady wanted was a breed created from others to achieve goals based on their usefulness and health, not superficial looks!
It's blood may be more 'concentrated', but it is still a 'Mutt'! And a highly intelligent and talented one too! Gifts given to 'Mutts' as well who often combine many of the great attributes of pure-bred dogs; and without the life-shortening health issues a 'pure-bred' dog often has!
So why did the pup in the 'kill' shelter die?
I understand the fascination with certain breeds... to a point! I am a great fan of Miniature Shelties and Irish Wolfhounds. But their prognosed life-span of barely over ten years is not enough for me! I have a 'Mutt' living in my house right now that is 18 years old and the sweetest thing you will ever find; ever so gentle!
He has never had a real illness in his life, doesn't have hip-displeasure, saw the vet only for his physicals, shots and the treats our old vet always had!
He is a Mutt!
For those still preferring a certain look or breed, I don't want to convince you to get 'something' (aka a living creature) you don't want! All I ask is that you rescue before you buy and buy 'something' bred by a responsible breeder! The 'Looks' alone won't keep your pup or kitty healthy and alive for many years! Why spend hundreds or thousands on something you only have for a 'short' time!?
Look at shelters and 'true' rescues! I hear the magic number 50 over and over from different sources; 50% of the dogs in 'kill' shelters are 'pure-bred'!
If you want a 'pure-bred', use such great tools as petfinder.com and you may save a life for $25 that will be with you forever!
You are saving a life! Not filling the pockets of a breeder that possibly inbred his dogs to give you 'that Look'!
Save a life!
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