Your right, guilting doesn't work.
Then why do you keep on doing it? Please don't say it's only because you care so much. That's completely inconsistent with sabotaging rescue efforts, which is exactly what you're doing. By actively "guilting", you've spent the better part of this thread convincing people NOT to consider adopting.
Again, it's very simple: When you make people feel BAD they naturally turn AWAY.
Som' of us tho, feel like we carry the guilt of others who rationalize their way toward a PB puppy. Its hard for it not to spill out occasionally. Those that are VERY committed to this carry a huge burden.
So you're a burden-bearing martyr, cleansing the "sins" of those who obtained purebred dogs from ethical breeders ... all the while reminding them of an endlessly selfless willingness to suffer for their oh-so-egregious sins?? Look, people DO burn out from rescue, and you're sounding like one of them. This is said with the best of intentions ... you need a break from involvement with rescue
. A break long enough to get over the martyr complex and to see the truth ... because right now you are sabotaging the very rescue efforts you claim to be promoting. The truth is anything but
what you have been posting to this thread!
The argument that a shelter dog dies every time someone purchases from an ethical breeder contains a common fallacy. It assumes its two stated conditions exist exclusively, and ignores other viable possibilities. Whether or not YOU personally agree with those other viable possibilities is completely irrelevant ... they simply exist. (Please read that last sentence again.)
Possibilities include: a.) Dog with desired and/or needed size/characteristics/health/temperament, etc. is unavailable from rescue; b.) Potential adopter lives outside area to which a particular rescue would agree to adopt; c.) Inflexible rescue rules resulting in unjust refusals to competent potential adopters; d.) Rescue adoption fees higher than area population is willing to bear; e.) Potential dog owner desires a dog for specific purposes and/or with specific characteristics that only ethical breeders are able to satisfy.
As to the people to whom those (or other) possibilities may apply, accept that those people themselves do not exist to make YOU happy ... and all the self-righteous, sanctimonious, preachy bullsh!t in the world is never going to change that simple fact. The "guilt" you speak of does NOT belong to people who carefully researched and then purchased dogs from ethical breeders; dogs that in all likelihood (baring unforseen and extreme circumstances) will have permanent homes for life
Guilt belongs solely
to two other groups: Those irresponsible enough to allow the unfettered breeding of the very mixed breeds that make up the bulk of dogs ending up in shelters in the first place ... and to cruel people who abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs that also ended up in shelters ... about 20% of which are purebred dogs, BTW.