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KMK, what are you talking about? You wrote above, "Many of the commercial breeders already work with good rescues to place their older dogs that they're no longer breeding. They GIVE them to rescues, as opposed to many shelters and humane societies, which SELL them to rescues." Huh? So a dog rescue takes in a few puppy mill adult breeding dogs for "free" (as you termed it) from a breeder... and then the RESCUE has to pay for the vet exam, the spay/neuter, the Rabies vaccination, DA2PP, Bordetella, heartworm test (and expensive heartworm treatment, for some dogs), fecal test and worming, flea/tick treatment, just to get the dog to an "adoptable" state. How is that "FREE?" What do you mean that a shelter or humane society SELLS dogs to rescues? What are you talking about? Do you mean the rescue group is paying for vet care (at a reduced price) that a shelter vet or clinic provided? But the shelter "selling" dogs to a rescue group... really? Never heard of such a thing. Maybe you can give an example of this, with a specific Kansas City area shelter or humane society and a specific rescue? What would be really helpful is if the breeders, who have made $$$$$ off of these dogs for most likely YEARS... would PAY for the necessary vet care. Or provide it and have the dogs already spayed/neutered, vaccinated and vet-checked before "giving" them to a rescue group. THAT would actually be helpful! Otherwise, that "FREE" dog is far from it, for the rescue.
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