Passion is a wonderful thing when working with animals.
I’m an extremely passionate person and have very strong beliefs, especially when it comes to animals. I know I’m not the only one.
The problem occurs when our passions don’t line up.
I am a rescue advocate and hope for a future where puppy mills, backyard breeders, and hobby breeders don’t exist. However, I also support the reputable breeders who are working so hard to remove genetic defaults and improve a breed’s health and temperament. In my opinion, both categories are necessary.
Not everyone feels this way, and that’s okay.
While I completely respect an individual’s ability to make his/her own decisions, are we really able to be the change for animals when such controversy exists among ourselves?
Constantly berating the group that doesn’t agree with our viewpoint takes away from our ability to focus on what is truly important; the animals. I often wonder if our success in improving the world for animals would be dramatically increased if we worked on accepting differing viewpoints and improving collaboration.
We are all entitled to our own opinions, but at the end of the day let’s remember we all agree on one thing…
The animal’s health and well-being is our top priority.