Originally Posted by howie70
I also had a bad experience with the local SPCA. But,there are other rescue groups besides the SPCA. I will never "buy" a dog from a puppy mill breeder regardless of how reputable others say they are.
We have had issues with other so called rescue groups as well. I have a real problem rescue with groups that require their permission before a dog is put down. To me if our vet who we have been dealing with for 20 years says there is nothing else that can be done and the dog is suffering then that is between us and our vet not the rescue group.
Also someone dumped off a nice Boxer just before Christmas at our house and since we had her vetted and we found her to be heartworm positive no Boxer or other rescue group would take her............ If she would have got along with our white dog we would have kept her but our white dog is not social with all dogs.......... so we found her a home where she has been treated and very happy........ no thanks to a rescue.
The funny thing is over the years we have rescued many dogs who were placed by rescue groups.......... from their new owners............
I have only bought one dog our Boxer Sadie Maybe they would be considered a backyard breeder but they only wanted one litter from their Boxer and that was all they had. She is almost 9 now and yes I would with the circumstances do it again.
We have put no dogs down in 35 years. We have had at least 10 dogs in 35 years, we know our vet, and most of his staff on a first name basis, we have a 1/2 to an acre fenced yard .........
but to several of the rescue groups we don't deserve their time. Granted there are not too many rescue groups within 200 miles of us.......... So yes we rescue from individuals when we can but I am not beyond buying a dog from a breeder ........ but I wonder sometimes how many rescue groups can place any animals.
So for my rant as it is off topic but there are many good breeds of dogs. Most of ours have been big dogs (Golden Retriever, Lab, Dalmatian, Boxer, and pure mixes) but we do have one Hinez 57 small dog that is 16 years plus ....... but barks a lot so he usually has to stay behind.......