To the editor:
Yes, there are many unwanted pets in shelters. Yes, our society "throws away" dogs and cats by the thousands, but to not breed any dogs is going to extremes. What we need is an informed public that spays or neuters their pets and doesn't reward irresponsible breeders or pet shops that sell dogs. Some people actually are mixing breeds and selling their "designer breeds" to the gullible. Others mass produce puppies as a cash crop with little or no regard for health, temperament or quality.
Most breeds of dogs have been developed over centuries by various cultures - to lose these beautiful and varied reminders of man's history would be a shame. Example: The barkless Basenji is almost gone from Africa's tribal areas but thrives in the United States, Europe and Australia because of dedicated breeders.
Also, without certain breeds, many valuable canine programs would be decimated: assistance dogs for the physically challenged, search and rescue dogs, and dogs involved in security and police work.
Please consider adopting your next pet from a shelter or if you have decided on a certain breed, consider going through a breed rescue group. Be part of the solution, not the problem.