Many Tears has some young, quite damaged Beardies looking for homes on their website and this has sparked a lively debate among Beardie people as to what should be done. (Frost, seen above, is five)
It is likley these have been puppy farm dogs and we are to be grateful they are there no longer. They all look of good type and doubtless a couple of generations back there will be kennel names we all recognise.
The young dogs are very thin, they were covered in lice. They are all nervous.
Beardie rescue probably have good people waiting and lots of funds in the bank.
Should they just give Many Tears some money and take it from here?
Some are saying, however, that paying the adoption fee rather than just the expenses is wrong and that rescues should hand over any pedigree dogs to breed rescue where they exist.
A counter argument is why should the rescues not charge a fee for normally quite 'desirable' pedigrees as no one is offering to take all their Staffie crossesoff their hands and they're only using the funds to help other dogs.
And it has been pointed out that Many Tears is not a registered charity. Does it matter?
My view is Many Tears do an amazing job of wrestling dogs out of puppy farms that may otherwise just end up dead and dead in an often inhumane way.
I support the Many Tears ethic and I vote that Beardie Rescue pays the adoption fee in full and then uses their expertise to find these gorgeous gentle neglected dogs Beardie appropriate homes.
I am pleased to see the most shy has a reserved notice against her name. It was her sad face that I was seeing as I closed my eyes to go to sleep. I would love to take them all, but I'm sure someone with more time will coax these lovely dogs back to full Beardie bounce levels.
What do you think? Do check out all the dogs looking for homes on Many Tears, they do a fantastic job IMO.