What is a “professional breeder” and why do I, Executive Director of an animal shelter, support them?

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People are sometimes shocked to learn that I personally support and encourage professional, registered breeders.

The first thing to understand is the definition of a professional, registered breeder. This is not a “puppy or kitten mill,” nor is it someone who just couldn’t resist letting their wonderful, adorable dog or cat have just one litter before spaying, nor is it someone who makes their living by breeding random dogs and cats into cute combinations.

This is what I consider to be a professional, registered cat or dog breeder:

1. REGISTERED with a national breeder organization such as AKC or CFA

2. SPECIALIZING in a recognized purebreed (or two), and breeding for conformation and health

3. RAISING all the puppies and kittens in a safe and stimulating home environment, with healthy, vibrant, happy sire(s) and dam(s) on site, and available for potential buyers to meet

4. PLANNING for every single . . . → Read More: What is a “professional breeder” and why do I, Executive Director of an animal shelter, support them?

 

Adopted: Pepper, a new Alaska resident! – Add Your Pet Travel Stories!

Pepper

Pepper

Pepper has made it safely to his new home on Kodiak Island, Alaska, where he is loving the snow! Read all about his adventure going home on his Adopted Page.

This is the 4th or 5th Alaskan Forget Me Not adopted dog – YAY!

We’d love to hear all about your experiences moving or traveling with your pets; we’ll put the best ideas and suggestions together into a separate blog post about how to eliminate those “We’re Moving and Can’t Take Our Pets” owner surrenders.

Leave us your pet travel tales – good and bad – in the comments.

 

The Big Black Dog Dilemma, featuring Teague

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People are often amazed to learn that there are many factors that can hinder even the friendliest dog’s chance of adoption.

Meet Teague, who has been waiting for a new forever home for two months. Teague is a perfect dog to illustrate many of the “less-desirable” qualities that keep him waiting while he sees newer arrivals joyously celebrating their adoptions all around him.

Teague (photo by local photographer Lance Young)

OK, now that you’ve seen Teague, see how many attributes you can think of that are keeping him languishing in the shelter day after day. Go ahead, scribble a list.

Some you can see; some you can’t. Make some wild guesses!

Done? OK, here is a breakdown of Teague’s particular problems:

1. AGE – Teague came in as a stray, so there is no way for us to know exactly . . . → Read More: The Big Black Dog Dilemma, featuring Teague

 

Does Doggy DNA Deliver?

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You may have heard about “doggy DNA tests,” which promise to tell you the breed composition of your mutt when you mail in their cheek cells, collected using a specialized swab. But do these tests really work?

In 2004, our Executive Director Kim adopted Booduh [left], an all-out mutt. To date, Booduh has received three separate doggy DNA tests, the proprietors of which shall remain unnamed.

All of these tests delivered wildly different results.

The first test was the most basic, returning Siberian Husky and Labrador Retriever [right].

The next test returned the most breeds of all, but none of them were shared with the others. The breeds it returned were:

German Pinscher

Black and Tan Coonhound

Boxer

Field Spaniel

. . . → Read More: Does Doggy DNA Deliver?