Thoughts on non-profit breeding groups?
If we had an organization of not-for-profit volunteer breeders that cropped up, offering purebreds for simply the cost of spay/neuter and initial shots, do you think we could make any impact on the puppy & kitten mill industry? Why aren't we fighting fire with fire?
Say 100 of us joined forces and decided to backyard breed a couple of litters annually of poodles for no profit across the US. We advertise them through the organization for sale for say $120 (actual low cost spay & shots). When we are contacted, we refer the adopter to a reputable breeder first for discussion. If they still make the choice to not take a well-bred poodle, they can have our puppy for the $120 (and a full listing of genetic problems associated with such).
Each poodle would stop a sale to a mill and it would be spayed/neutered before leaving so not to add to the problem of the homeless. Do you think if we took the profitability out of breeding we'd be more successful? Could volunteers breed like this without a huge financial output?
If you are a responsible breeder that received the referrals, would you help the organization with quality breeding stock if there was an agreement not to disclose the pedigree?