(DOG RESCUE) Since the rescue movement has been so successful in reducing animal shelter populations over the years, an increasing number of dog rescuers are opting for the auction market.

Breeder auctions are witnessing more and more rescuers who pay high prices for purebred designer dogs and popular crossbreeds like goldendoodles and maltipoos and then place them up for adoption as “puppy mill rescues.”

In fact, these rescuers have become a lucrative part of the dog breeding industry, accounting for up to 40 percent of the income driven from the Southwest Auction Service, the biggest commercial dog auction in the country.

To put this in perspective, bidders from an estimated 86 rescue groups and shelters throughout North America have spent a whopping $2.68 million purchasing nearly 6,000 dogs and puppies from breeders since 2009 at the nation’s two government-regulated dog auctions.

Continue reading to learn more about this growing underground market where donations flow from dog rescuers to dog breeders. — Global Animal

Golden retriever puppies at Sugarfork Kennels in Goodman, Missouri, on March 7, 2018. Photo Credit: Salwan Georges

The Washington Post, Kim Kavin

An effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that today sees some rescuers, fueled by Internet fundraising, paying breeders $5,000 or more for a single dog.

The result is a river of rescue donations flowing from avowed dog saviors to the breeders, two groups that have long disparaged each other. The rescuers call many breeders heartless operators of inhumane “puppy mills” and work to ban the sale of their dogs in brick-and-mortar pet stores. The breeders call “retail rescuers” hypocritical dilettantes who hide behind nonprofit status while doing business as unregulated, online pet stores.

But for years, they have come together at dog auctions where no cameras are allowed, with rescuers enriching breeders and some breeders saying more puppies are being bred for sale to the rescuers.

Bidders affiliated with 86 rescue and advocacy groups and shelters throughout the United States and Canada have spent $2.68 million buying 5,761 dogs and puppies from breeders since 2009 at the nation’s two government-regulated dog auctions, both in Missouri, according to invoices, checks and other documents The Washington Post obtained from an industry insider. At the auctions, rescuers have purchased dogs from some of the same breeders who face activist protests, including some on the Humane Society of the United States’ “Horrible Hundred” list or the “No Pet Store Puppies” database of breeders to avoid, maintained by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Most rescuers then offered the dogs for adoption as “rescued” or “saved.”

Read the full Washington Post article, here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/investigations/dog-auction-rescue-groups-donations/?utm_term=.98c159ab333e