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Rescuing a Purebred Puppy

A few weeks ago we received an exciting call into the rescue from an associate. Our associate works as a trainer at one of the large pet supply stores and regularly interacts with our rescue group. She had received a frantic call that morning from a woman looking to find a rescue group to take her dog – a 10 week old puppy.

Apparently this family had purchased two puppies from a local breeder and after two weeks had determined that two puppies at once were too difficult to handle. They had tried to return the puppy to the breeder with no avail and were desperate to find a safe place for this puppy. Here is the kicker, the puppy being surrendered was the purebred, white/yellow, English Labrador Retriever pictured in this article.

According the National Council on Pet Population and Study (NCPPSP), 25% of all shelter and rescue dogs are purebred. So adoption is definitely a viable option for families who have convinced themselves that the most appropriate dog for their family is a purebred dog. Most breeds have dedicated rescue groups that take in purebred and mixed versions of a particular breed, but you will also find purebred animals in shelters and non-breed specific rescues.

Purebred animals are surrendered for all of the same reasons as mixed breed dogs: chewing, barking, destruction, too much work, can no longer afford, don’t have the time to exercise appropriately – which almost always boils down to lack of exercise, training and responsible ownership on the part of the human. Clearly – at 10 weeks old – a puppy wouldn’t have even had much of a chance to develop bad behavior – so this puts the onus of a puppy surrender back on the humans who apparently bit off more than they could chew – so to speak.

Not only is rescuing a purebred more palatable to most people’s wallets ($400-$3000) for most puppies from a breeder vs. $75-$300 for adoption fees, but rescuing also reduces the demand for puppy mill puppies purchased in pet stores which have been raised in deplorable conditions and typically have been bred with little concern about propagating health issues down a line.

Many of the breed rescues will have waiting lists for puppies and young dogs as they are typically more requested than older dogs – but assuming you can wait a while for your new family member, you can find the perfect purebred animal to suit your tastes.

Bailey, the surrendered puppy,  now happily resides in our home with her big sister Guinness, a black lab rescued at four months old.  I guess that is one of the perks of volunteering for a rescue – you get the pick of the “rescue” litter. Now go out and volunteer… we need your help!


1 comment to Rescuing a Purebred Puppy

  • Pups are such a huge responsibility and undertaking, very few people realize that when they get one. And very few people research dog types, they just go for what looks cute. One of mine, a lab, was from a breeder, and I spent a lot of time researching before I got him. Then I rescued a Weimaraner two years later who was from a house hold that didn’t know what they were getting into. But a free pure bred Weimy was like winning the lottery, and what a great dog she turned out to be.

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