ADOPTION X PURCHASE
We support adoption and discriminate against creation without purpose, without regulation or as a way of life. We do not in any way support the breeding of puppy mills or the so-called “backyard breeding”. Adopting often involves receiving an animal in your house who has not had a chance to be loved or has spent much of her life on the streets. Yes we need to fight against this dark side that surrounds the puppies mills, it contributes nothing.
We also need to focus on responsible ownership, especially castration, because that is one of the biggest problems with stray animals.
Castration is not an option, it is a must.
If you have an animal, breed or not, there is no need to mate it. There is no such story of wanting grandchildren for you. If you want to become a future breeder, try to learn, study genealogy in depth, study genetics, invest in healthy animals, be patient because often the best thing to do is not to mate. Be a correct person, and don't forget: YOU WILL BE DEALING WITH LIVES.
Being a breeder does not exempt you from the responsibility of accompanying the puppy for the rest of his life just because he has been sold, remember that he is part of his breeding. It is a very big responsibility.
Some people choose for adoption, some for a breed animal, and there is no problem with their choice as long as they do it with conscience. You will not be doing any good to a stray animal and letting it have access to it, or not giving proper food or veterinary assistance. You who adopt and have dozens of animals crammed into your house do not become better than a backyard breeder. This does not do them any good.There are several ways you can help if you can't afford or don't want to buy: You can sponsor, to be volunteer at an ONG or shelter, guide people in the right way...
Who chooses a breed animal and chooses to buy, try to do the right thing: look for a suitable breeder, exchange information, search the breed you want to see if the breed will adapt in your day to match your personality, never buy on impulse.
Do not fund the sale in Petshop. Research well, because only then will you know how to separate the chaff from the wheat. Get to know as much as you can about the breed you are considering.
Documentation is also important. Find out which club and association the breeder is affiliated with and find out about the club / association as well. Some clubs / associations are only symbolic and have no documentation recognized by any association (I will leave the list of worldwide accepted feline associations with head office Brazil at the end).
Don't fall for the vicar's tale of “It's cheap because I'm not a breeder”, “It's cheap because it has no pedigree and it's expensive to register”, “It's cheap because I don't live thereof, but to cover the costs” ... Breeding is not cheap, but all of these are just excuses from those who do nothing for the breed they breed and really don't do serious work. Breeding is expensive, there is an investment in it that the chance of a return is almost always small, this is not a job or an income supplement, this does not exist for those who breed how they should, and, or you love what you do. or not!
When the breeder is suitable, he invests heavily in his animals, when you buy a puppy for a price below what it is really worth, you are contributing to a "backyard breeding" or puppy mills, you are acquiring something that only resembles the desired breed and questionable health and genetics.
Now let's talk about values.
Why do many find a puppy so expensive since there are puppies of the same breed with such affordable values?
A reputable breeder invests heavily in his animals, and he does so while his breeding is active, and when you pay a certain amount for a puppy, you are paying a portion of all the cost he has had for that beautiful and healthy puppy to get to you.
For you to understand better let's do the math!
For the breeder, the mother and father probably cost 3x more than you paid for the puppy, because they were intended for breeding. When imported from other countries, the values may be even higher: In addition to the payment being made in another currency (Euro or Dollar), there are still expenses with the transport of the animal and in some cases, there is also a customs fee (today 60% of the value of the animal plus 60% of the value of the transport). I can say this because I have cats that came from other countries and therefore had to bear all these costs.
It will take you about 12 months after their arrival until you get some litter. During this period you have other expenses with them, which are a Super Premium diet, hygienic granules, exams, vet, dewormer, external parasite remedies like fleas, vitamins and medicines.
There are also investments such as cattery infrastructure, workmanship, care such as bathing, veterinary control, exhibitions (which are of utmost importance to breeders), animal registration documentation, membership dues ...
The desired babies finally arrive: a litter of 2 to 4 kittens
In addition to exhaustive care, there is puppy feeding, vaccinations starting at 60 days, microchip and castration (provided the kittens grow healthy without any unforeseen events that require extra visits to the vet).
It takes a lot of care and expense with the certainty that you will have an ideal puppy: healthy and within breed standards (not only physical characteristics, but also excellent temperament).
Now do you really think that someone who sells a puppy far below the price invests in the health and welfare of parents and puppies? Do you really think this kind of "breeder" cares about their animals and the breed they breed? No, he does not care. So you want to have a cat or dog breed, research, try to understand, question, understand why the value of a puppy is not so low, and if for personal or even financial reasons you can not or will not pay such value there is always the option to adopt too, love is the same!
But never, never fund this kind of breeding, made in dark, without any purpose, without respect and responsibility, because the one who seeks the "best price" or "lowest price" is the one who finances puppy mills. And it is the puppies purchased that way and the serious breeding is that unfortunately they pay the price!
Feline associations known worldwide and with head office Brazil.
CFA is a nonprofit association founded in 1906 in the United States. It is the oldest registry office for breed cats. The first show was held the same year in Buffalo and Detroit and the first national exhibition in 1907 at Madison Square Garden. Today CFA groups 500 clubs across all continents.
FIFe is a non-profit association founded in 1949 by three clubs representing Belgium, France and Italy. The first exhibition was held in Paris in the same year. Registered in Luxembourg, the federation now brings together 41 countries, issues 110,000 pedigrees, manages 3,000 catteries, and each year over 650 shows are organized under its name..
TICA was founded in 1979 in the United States. This association, present worldwide maintains a record based on genetic criteria, not just phenotypes. She also maintains the world's largest registry of domestic cats that can participate in her shows.
The World Cat Federation was founded in Rio de Janeiro in 1988. It is currently headquartered in Germany. Today WCF brings together over 540 members worldwide.