Buy Verses Rescue


  black-dog-names-5 My neighbor, Pierre, is getting a Newfoundland puppy.  His last one, Marcello, named after French actor Marcello Mastrianni, died over a year ago.  The size of a bear with the heart of a lion, Marcello was a great dog.

Two other neighbors are rather up in arms he’s getting another from a breeder as opposed to the Newfie rescue site.  For the record, there’s a rescue organization for every breed.  It’s actually pretty amazing.  Look at the Tri-state Basset Hound Rescue who only saves bassets.  They’ve single-handedly changed Carmela’s life in a heartbeat.  In just three weeks, after such tender support, she had a spectacular home.

Tessa and Mary, I’ll call them, just can’t wrap their brain around buying an animal when so many are up for adoption.

I’m with them on this, however, I know since this will be Pierre’s third Newfie, there’s no way he’s adopting so why cause a rift criticizing.  Sometimes you just have to accept a choice someone makes even if you’re passionately against it.

He’s also a prickly sort.  When my friend Jennifer lived on his block they fought over the fact Marcello wasn’t fixed, and Anthony, Jen’s lovable pit, couldn’t help but be enamored by the scintillating scent of him.  This caused friction between the two as well as knowing his dog was purchased, a sore spot for the hero who runs The United Action For Animals.

My point, you don’t want to tussle with someone who heatedly feels he’s right.

So what can we do about those who prefer purchasing a pup rather than rescuing one?

We teach by demonstration, and pray that one day they too will choose to adopt.

Oh yeah, and we just love them all, wherever they happen to hail from.  images-1 WOOF


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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26 Responses to Buy Verses Rescue

  1. Elle Knowles says:

    Yes Susannah, love them all because they all need homes and loving hands no matter bred or rescued. ~Elle


  2. micklively says:

    It’s a tricky issue. I can see both sides. You can never be sure what you’re getting with any dog: the best you can do is good research and then play the probabilities. I think it’s reasonable to suppose that, If a dog has been rescued, someone has failed to make a go of their relationship with him/her. There’s a very good chance that is down to the erstwhile owner and not the dog; indeed even if it is the dog, it is probably the owner’s fault. BUT none of that precludes the dog being “damaged goods”, i.e. having issues that will take a lot of time and love to sort. If you can’t give, maybe a rescue is not for you. Indeed, maybe any dog, rescue or pup, is not for you?


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    I agree with your feeling that sometimes you just have to accept someone else’s choice that might differ from your own. As long as their choice isn’t illegal or hurtful, live and let live. Your solution of education from example is about all one can do.
    I’m an adoptee advocate myself. In addition to adopting all our pets for the past 40+ years, we even adopted three older children. Everyone needs love and a good home.


  4. Lynn says:

    I think it is a very personal choice for people when they are considering adding a pet member to their family. Many are nervous about adopting from a rescue foundation for fear of the issues that may come with the animal. I have experienced both scenarios. We “bought” our family dog, who we had for 14 years. Our children both adopted rescues. In each case, there were “issues” but all have been wonderful additions to our family.

    No matter whether you purchase or adopt, it is a decision that requires love, patience & a life long commitment.


  5. I live in a neighborhood that buys from breeders so I’ve had to get used to the concept and not judge. Much as I love the look of some of the breeds, I couldn’t bring myself to buy. Who would adopt a fabulous one-eyed cat? Or a lady-like socialite who already had a litter? That would be me! Jake was plucked right off the streets. At the end of the day I haven’t met a pet I didn’t like. Well, maybe a smelly one a long time ago….


  6. That seems to be a very heated debate these days, to the point that people who buy animals are vilified. Of course, most things tend to be a heated debate these days. On one hand, I think it’s definitely better to get rescue animals, but on the other, everyone has to make their own decision.


  7. Its comforting knowing that any domesticated animal has a home where they are truly loved, adopted or new. Although, those in the shelters are truly in more desperate need of help.


  8. No mater what this fur baby is going to bring a lot of happiness. Since we adopted Landon in October we have run into so many others that have adopted too. We can’t save them all, but we can spread the word on their existence.


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