|Barked: Tue Nov 27, '12 12:41pm PST |
|Further, yes, rescues do tend to take the most "desirable" dogs and puppies. There are purebred rescues, in example. It is generally beneficial to these dogs, though, to be placed through a purebred rescue group rather than the shelter itself.
As for the all-breed rescues that seem to cherry-pick the most adoptable dogs: yes, they do that.
I can not stress enough that in my area, that is not the standard practice. In fact, many shelters will blacklist your rescue completely if you do that. I am working now with an all breed rescue, used to work for a small breed rescue focusing on poms and pekes, and have friends who work in many different breed rescues, including friends who work with the National Breed rescue for Belgians and Cattle Dogs. Even they say they don't get the call for every dog of their breed, they don't get to pick, and taking the best would negate what they do.
I think it is rescues that DO cherry pick that make JQP think that ALL rescues do that, and I have heard it listed as a reason people won't use rescues.
In my area, the way things work is the shelter calls the rescue if their breed of choice (or in the case of all breed, if ANY breed) is in trouble. We don't get calls for that adorable 3 month old puppy, we get calls for the sick, the seniors, the ones that don't show well, the ones who have behavioral issues and the ones whose time is up. All of my fosters that have been pulled from shelters have come out of the back rooms. I never pull dogs on the adoption floor and most of my rescue friends say exactly the same thing.
There is ONE rescue in this area, a huge lab rescue, who DOES get to cherry pick, but even they generally don't, preferring to help the dogs who truly need help rather than the ones who are not at risk. And to me, that is what rescue is REALLY about, not helping that cute, happy, young puppy who could just as easily be adopted from the shelter floor, but helping to save the life of a dog whose time is up.