The house recently passed a bill that will help fund more security dogs, and will hopefully minimize the risk of bombs in public places.
The interesting thing though, looking at comments made by the public, is how vehemently against the breeding program proposed a majority of the public is.
A main argument is that shelter dogs would make for better bomb dogs, as they will be more easily trained as they will feel gratitude or being rescued.
This is just another example of how much society loves the saying “adopt don’t shop,” yet seem to make exceptions only when it comes to to-cute-to-pass-up, poorly bred mutts masquerading as “designer dogs” with a $5k+ “adoption fee.”
I love shelter dogs, and will always support my local rescues. But can we come to an understanding, that when it comes to national security, service dogs used as medical devices, and task-oriented working dogs, that rescue dogs are not what we need?
Rescue dogs are often amazing, yet sometimes a dog with known lineage, known expected behavior, expected drive, and known health issues is needed.
“Adopt don’t shop” is a very sheep-like mantra, used by large organizations who want large donations from people who are too trusting to look at the facts.
Go to the shelter, adopt a new family member, or do your research and find an responsibly and ethically bred family member.
There is no wrong answer between those two solutions. The wrong answers are shaming others for knowing exactly what they want in a pet that they will invest thousands of dollars into over the course of it’s life, or not doing your research and buying a dog from a Backyard Breeder, pet shop, or puppy mill, therefore supporting and funding cruelty and the creation of unhealthy animals.