This is Dusty, a 7-1/2 year old gorgeous boy. We were so glad to get him out of the breeding factory. He is missing toes, his teeth were so horrible they looked like they were just going to fall out of his mouth, part of his ear missing and he’s just generally beat up. BUT he’s friendly!
Please note: today’s post addresses the ongoing practice of dog auctions, which some — but not all — breeders participate in. Some breeders adopt out their “old” stock and some keep them. If you’re looking to buy from a breeder, ask them what they do with their “retired” breeders. If they say they adopt them out, ask them for a contact; not all will give you one but it doesn’t hurt to ask. If you can, visit their breeding facility (their home or another location). Follow your instinct and understand that finding the right breeder may not be quick or easy — but it’s genuinely worth it, for you and the dogs. And of course there is always the rescue/adoption option!
If you don’t have room in your home to foster or adopt another dog, please consider regularly supporting a rescue group willing and able to get the job done for desperate dogs with no other option.
Thanks to Dallas Hayes of Corgi Connection of Kansas for today’s guest post.
Dog Auctions: They Do Exist
The day started like no other for a couple of great volunteers in Missouri. Natalie Jenkins Adams and undercover volunteer X were headed out to a dog auction in Missouri. Rescues are not usually welcome at these auctions, and no cameras, pictures or videotaping. These events are held in order for breeders to get rid of “old” stock or because they are going out of business. Other breeders show up to get a great “breeder” dog (male and female).
Corgi Connection of Kansas and Secondhand Hounds Rescue had secured some funds in order to save as many Corgis as they could. There were several young females listed (possibly already pregnant) they were hoping to get out of the breeding world. Natalie and volunteer X did a great job with the funds they were given to secure three dogs (two females and one male). They reported that the Corgis were selling for $800 – $1,000 each, which rescues can’t afford to pay for 10 dogs each. (A breeder can make that back with one litter of pups).
While Natalie and volunteer X were loading up the three Corgis, they were approached by another rescue who was there to take in take the dogs that hadn’t sold and were facing euthanasia on the spot, the usual fate of dogs a breeder no longer wanted and failed to sell. The rescue had a breeder that was giving away her two Corgis in the parking lot, and of course they took these two in. Then they had five! Volunteer X housed the Corgis until she could get them to Kansas City for vetting on Sunday.
After all the vetting was done: a few needed major dental work done, but none were heartworm positive and the females were NOT pregnant! Now the healing starts.
The younger ones will likely bounce back quickly and adjust to being a member of a family. The older ones sometimes have a longer healing period to adjust to life outside of a wire crate and being bred, but that’s what rescue is for.
Now let’s meet the ones that Corgi Connection of Kansas took in!
Dusty been in his foster home for a couple of weeks and he’s doing fantastic. He has a lot of energy (after getting those infected teeth removed) and he loves running with his corgi foster sisters. For more information on Dusty, visit the Corgi Connection of Kansas website or Facebook page.
Savannah just turned 1 in March and is so beautiful. We were very thankful that Savannah was saved from a lifetime of breeding, because they were already trying to breed her.
Savannah seems to be adjusting quite well to life in a house with a family. Her foster family is working with her on common manners and she’s learning quick. She’s getting along with her two foster fur-brothers. For more information on Savannah, visit the Corgi Connection of Kansas website or Facebook page.
This eye catcher is Fawn, five years old and now retired from breeding. She is one of the Corgis just given to our volunteers at the end of the auction, for which we are very thankful.
Fawn is doing well in her foster home. She seems to be housebroken and leash trained. We will learn soon if she gets along with other dogs, as her foster home just took in two more fosters (one male, one female). For more information or to keep up with Fawn, visit the Corgi Connection of Kansas website or Facebook page.