Even Purebreds Need Rescues

November 4, 2011

It’s Petside’s Annual Pet Net Day! This year, a group of bloggers have come together to write about pet adoption and rescue. Today, I’m letting the staff take the reins to talk about breed specific rescues. But first, a few housekeeping issues.

MOST IMPORTANT, please visit Petside’s page and VOTE for this post as your favorite! If we win, we will get $500 to donate to the organization of our choice. I say “our” choice because, we’re in this together. You guys cast the votes and you guys get to choose the rescue if we win. I will ask YOU to submit your fave rescue and then do a drawing! Wheeeee!

There are other ways you can help raise food for shelter and rescue pets. You can see how right here.

Okay, staff. Go:

On Facebook recently, a friend posted her desire to find a good breeder because she wanted a black lab. Her family had always had labs and her sweet old baby had recently gone to the bridge. I love this friend but I was near hysteria. Trying not to sound like a crazy zealot (because that never works, my friends) I emailed her privately and said, “OMG go to your local shelter or find a lab rescue!” She was skeptical at first. “There are lab rescues??” Uh, yah.

Here was this smart, fabulous, kind and caring woman who didn’t know that, according to the ASPCA, 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred. And, with the many breed-specific rescues out there, the number of adoptable pure breds is quite a bit higher.

It’s okay to be obsessed with a specific breed of dog or cat. I’m not quite sure how it happens but for some of us humans, a certain breed creeps into our hearts, lays down and stays put.

This woman loves her labs. I love my persians. My friend Bev loves her bichons. My brother and sister in law love their bostons. And there are plenty of people out there who couldn’t live without a series of wonderful loyal mutts (a breed of their own, in my opinion!) in their lives. It’s okay to have a preference. You can find almost any breed in a shelter or breed-specific rescue. And we need to spread the word to help these breed-specific rescues help more pets in need.

Neither of my persian babies would have survived without a breed-specific rescue.

Romeo was two-years-old when he was brought into a shelter in Kentucky for the second time. He was covered in scabs and deaf in both ears. He had litter box issues. He was a mess. And probably would be hard to adopt out. But a shelter worker who knew of a persian rescue in Ohio called them and asked if they wanted him. Of course they did! So Renee drove several hours to pick up this little matted, flea ridden ball of misbehaving fluff that would completely change our lives.

Sweet Pugsley was an 11th hour rescue. In a shelter in Indiana, he was (incorrectly) diagnosed with a life-threatening and contagious disease and slated for you-know-what. The eve before, one of the workers who wasn’t entirely sure he had the disease in question, called the persian rescue. Within hours, he was in a carrier, headed to Ohio and, several months later, into our home.

What if these shelter workers had not known about The Forgotten Persian Rescue & Friends? The more people who know about breed-specific rescues, the better. Most organizations out there are wonderful and do everything they can to save the dogs and cats in their care. But often a breed specific rescue can take it just one step further, as in Romeo and Pugsley’s cases.

So tell me, do you have a specific breed of cat or dog that you love? Do you have a story you want to share? Please do!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris December 2, 2011 at

My daughter adopted a Italian Greyhound from a pet store – she had sooo many problems but loved the little guy. When she wanted another one, she researched for a rescue in our area. After going with her to meet her new baby, one of the ones not picked tugged at my heart and I couldn’t leave him there – so now I have 5 IG rescues and count myself one lucky lady!

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Tina Clemens November 16, 2011 at

Love the cause

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Tamara November 16, 2011 at

Just adopted a Persian from the local county shelter – she’s 8 years old and had been there 3 months already, despite being sweet as a sugar cube. I imagine the long hair, the fact that she’s black, and the fact that she’s 8 years old, all counted against her there. But, she’s fitting in well at our house and I couldn’t happier to have found her :)

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Angela November 16, 2011 at

Thanks to Petfinders I found a Westie puppy and a Scottie puppy for family members. They were recused from a puppy mill and/or hoarder breeder. Both are love bugs and we can’t imagine life without them. (my family members adopted them, i’m just a better researcher, so I did the searching.) Growing up we had a Cairn Terrier and these dogs constantly remind us of him with their antics. My cat was recused by Black and Orange Cat Foundation. He’s a very large, very long haired mixed breed kitty that doesn’t know he was a rescue. He thinks all people are staff! Thanks for shaing stories of Rescues.

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Choe November 16, 2011 at

I love my greyhound and my pit bulls! :) Thanks for getting the word out about specific breed rescue. I’m always amazed at how many people are not aware of it!

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Kristen November 16, 2011 at

Love this — it’s such an important point, that it really is okay to have a favorite breed, but yes, find one from a shelter.

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Maggie November 16, 2011 at

GREAT reminder to look for those breed rescues. It’s huge for people who are shelter-phobic, too, to know that there are other adoption options out there. Great post!!

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Petside.com November 16, 2011 at

What a beautiful story! Thanks for reminding us that those of us who happen to be obsessed with a certain breed can still adopt :-)

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Heidi November 16, 2011 at

My mom loves collies and when I was about 10, we adopted one from the local pound (not a shelter, by any means!). Laddie was a pure bread collie and the best dog we ever had. He was 2 when we got him and lived a good long life until the age of 14.

After my Sammy died, I decided I wanted a Snowshoe Siamese ‘cos the breed tends to be friendly and talkative like Sammy was. I discovered Frankie on Petfinder.com. He was being fostered by a cat rescue who found him at a kill shelter. Frankie is aloof but friendly and doesn’t talk at all, unless it’s time for me to go to bed. But I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

I can’t FATHOM buying an animal from a breeder knowing how many need homes. My husband and I will probably always adopt from shelters or rescues, as long as I have a say in it!

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