Animal Welfare

Breeding and animal welfare - can that be reconciled?

I am often asked this question and I think the answer is yes.

Unfortunately, many animal rights people very often equate the term breeding with reproduction. They believe that without breeders, our animal rescue shelters would be empty. A planned breeding, as observed by the breeders of the DWZRV/VDH, does not at all increase the misery of animals. For me, these are two completely different things.

Through my active animal protection work for many years, I have observed that our rescue inmates are predominantly animals brought into this world without due consideration and a sense of responsibility on the part of those who bred them. These dogs are no different from pedigree dogs, but they have had a far worse start in life. To start here and to convince people, for example, that a bitch does not necessarily have to produce a litter in her lifetime (this fairy tale is still circulating) embodies the ethos of animal protection to me.

Maybe I could make an animal lover sufficiently curious to visit his local animal shelter and offer his help? All forms of support, no matter how small, either financial by donating time, helps.

And last but not least! Dear Irish Wolfhound lovers or those who want to become one: Our dogs are “Gentle Giants“ and will live in complete harmony with other animals. Why not take a disadvantaged creature from the shelter for a walk? Or give him a new home?

As far as my time allows, I will continue to be active in the animal protection association of the Rheinisch Bergischer Kreis.

If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where the dogs are. Will Rogers
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Dr Johann and Elke Stein
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