I have an equestrian friend who just posted on her Facebook that she used to like rescues but now she thinks it encourages bad breeding and people buying breeds for much cheaper. They have had bad luck with their rescues (all one breed) and most have died young/had to be put down for aggression. I'm kind of torn. I will be getting a lab or lab mix next year. I absolutely want him/her to come from a shelter. There are SO many labs I see in shelters. My aunt has gotten all three of her dogs from shelters and they've all been great. Her lab mix lived until 16. Her Aussie is currently 12 and going strong. Their (SIX!) cats were all strays. Both of my cats were rescue and are super sweet/affectionate. I also know some animals end up there for other reasons, like their owners had to give them up for one reason or another (death, moving, etc...) I'm just not sure how I feel, so I thought I'd see if anyone else had any experiences to share. My family did buy a Bichon from a breeder but she had to go back. My dad was allergic even to her.