Rescue has become a religion. While we were all fighting over how many health tests and titles a dog should have before a breeder lets it reproduce, the breeder haters have been busy recruiting. The only thing these people see is the number of dogs that are euthanized every year. And while that is a horrible tragedy because, as somebody who has worked in rescue for seven years, I absolutely hate that any healthy happy perfectly adoptable dog needs to die, what the breeder haters are missing is the “why”. Why are we euthanizing adoptable dogs? Why are shelters with empty kennels still sticking to the “8 days to find a home” mandate? Why are we using more resources to turn down potential owners for not having a fence when we should be using those resources to place the dogs left behind?
Worth reading for the following line alone. :)
So basically, I pulled the pin and tossed the grenade into the middle of a group of otherwise rational adults who, upon hearing an opinion that does not directly coincide with their own, completely lost their shit.
While I was in Austin, we drove the hour and a half out to Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, Texas. If you haven’t hears of Snow’s read the New Yorker piece and if you are in Austin make sure you make the drive out there.