This is a discussion on whether it’s a conflict of interest for an animal shelter director to buy from or breed pets. Whether it’s a cat or a dog involved, do you believe it’s unethical for a shelter director to purchase from a breeder or to breed cats or dogs?
Most people hold the director to higher standards than those simply out to adopt a pet. We see posted signs in the shelter requesting those who wish to add a dog or cat to the family to “Adopt don’t shop.”
Yet there are shelter directors out there who defend their decision to ‘shop’ by claiming no animals that are in the shelter meet the high standards they’re looking for, literally forcing them to visit a breeder.
I feel sure there are at least a few shelter directors out there who are involved in breeding cats and dogs or who purchase their new pet from a breeder. There’s nothing illegal in doing either.
I’m sad about all of the homeless, unwanted animals who end up at the local shelter. Are you sad or angered? Sound off in the comments.
Comment from Admin: Thanks Elisa. A good question but one that has an obvious answer and I believe almost everyone would respond in the same way. It is hypocritical. Shelter directors have a wider duty which is to promote the adoption of rescue animals over purchasing purebred animals from breeders for the simple reason that it helps reduce the rescue animal population and therefore saves lives in the long term. A shelter director undermines their own position and authority if they purchase from a breeder. It may affect them at their workplace.
In fact some employment contracts (perhaps most of them) demand that the employee does not bring their employer into disrepute through their actions outside work. Buying from a breeder calls into question the ethical standards of the director and therefore also calls into question the standards at the shelter. Such a director may find her position untenable under their contract.