OK, you all know how pro-rescue I am, right? SUPER SUPER SUPER pro-rescue. If I invented a sandwich, it would be pro-rescue roast beef; my lettuce would be pro-rescue radicchio. For serious. I love me some rescue dogs.
But this? This I do not like.
Here’s the website and here’s why I am not sanguine.
The SPCA of Connecticut (which, by the way, is not a Connecticut government shelter, unlike my – gotta get in a plug! – Hartford Pound; please go adopt) is bringing up 200 or 300 puppies from shelters in the southern states. The puppies are trucked up here and brought to a pet supply store and they are adopted out for $325 plus a $20 adoption application fee. So basically $350.
This in and of itself makes me feel a little squicky, because I don’t care what you tell me, there is no freaking way you’re adequately interviewing 300 people in a single day. You’re pricing the puppies at a rate that puts you into the “rescue” category, which should mean that you’re providing a TON of support to the entire process. This is not a $5 pound adoption.
However, I would not get too hot under the collar were it not for an additional event that is planned, an “Early Bird Adoption Event” the day before the big one.
The Early Bird event is a chance for some people to pay additional money ($250 extra) to be allowed to shop early and get the cutest puppy. Let’s not sugar-coat it; that’s what it is. If you pay $700, you can get the youngest, cutest, whitest puppy from the hundreds of tiny babies that have been brought in.
This is a puppy sale, people. I hate to say it but it is. If the exact same flyer was posted but it said “Perfect Puppiez Palace” at the bottom of it instead of SPCA of Connecticut, we’d all be screaming about it. This is not about matching the correct puppy with a family, which is what rescues are supposed to do. This is not about getting maximum adoptions and the lowest possible euthanasia rate, which is what pounds are supposed to do. This is about charging people as much as show breeders get for their puppies for the privilege of going into a room with 200 puppies and pointing to the one that looks the cutest to them. That’s a sale.
Am I off here? Has my curmudgeonly nature taken over my soft squishy side? Slam me in the comments. But I gotta say, I am not OK with what this group is doing.