We feel strongly—and actually insist—that all our rescues be spayed or neutered before they are adopted. There are simply too many unwanted dogs out there whose basic needs—food, water, shelter, and love—are not being met, and we don’t want to add to the population.
People may think they’d like to breed their beloved pet to produce more animals they can cuddle, or to let their dog “experience motherhood,” or to offer their children the experience of witnessing one of nature’s miracles; we know they mean well, but the chances are pretty good that any puppies that might result from their breeding would wind up going to either a shelter or a rescue group for placement.
In addition, some breeds are prone to genetic diseases that, unless averted by the thorough research by a responsible breeder into the lineage of their intended breeding pair, may be perpetuated in future litters. There is no way to check on a rescued dog’s parents—because we don’t know who they are—to see if they are genetically prone to these problems. We have been in dog rescue long enough to see too many dogs euthanized because the population exceeds the number of good available homes for them.