We are often asked, “Should I RESCUE a dog” or get a dog from a reputable breeder? There are pros and cons to either option. When you get a dog from the pound, sometimes you get a great dog, sometimes you get a dog with behavior problems. But let’s face it, if you get a dog from the pound and take it home and raise it like a normal dog, you didn’t RESCUE it. You raised it, just like you would any dog. On the other hand, if you get a dog with behavior problems, that no one else wants, and you spend hundreds of hours rehabilitating and behavior training it, THEN one can say, they RESCUED a dog.
When one gets a dog from the shelter, they’re NOT helping reduce the “unwanted dog” population problem at all; they’re ENABLING and compounding the problem. They are giving the irresponsible people (who don’t spay or neuter their dogs) a way out. When you get a dog from AwesomeDoodle, you prevent DOZENS (if not hundreds) of unwanted dogs from being born. For every AwesomeDoodle that goes home, we donate enough money to the snip clinic, so one male dog can be neutered. A person (with no money) can go to the pound and get their dog neutered at no cost to them. Keep in mind, one male dog, from the time they are about 10 months old, to the time they are 10 years old, can fertilize the eggs of several females PER DAY. If you’re feeling guilty about buying the perfect dream puppy, call your local snip clinic, and donate money. Adopting a dog from the pound is NOT the answer to the dog population problem.
We have an agreement with our local shelter and they only use our donations at their “Snip Clinic” toward neutering dogs for lower income families. In 2016, we donated $720.