What do you really know about the animal rescues that you support?
Do you really look at the work they do and how they spend all those hard earned dollars that you donate? You certainly want your donations to go where they make the most impact, right?

What would you think if the organization that you support was spending thousands of dollars per year buying “retired” breeder dogs at auction?

At pet auctions animal breeders sell off all their “retired” stock, i.e. dogs that are no longer able to produce the quantity or quality of pups needed to make money. More and more buyers at these auctions are rescue organizations and they are putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into breeders’ pockets.

Yes, rescues. The very people who constantly complain, day in and day out, about dog breeders.

“I’m not going to lie about this: Rescue generates about one-third, maybe even 40 percent of our income,” says Bob Hughes, Southwest’s owner. “It’s been big for 10 years.”  – Southwest Auction Service, the largest commercial dog auction in the United States.

At a single auction one rescue might spend hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars on a handful of dogs. One auction service alone reported revenue of $2.68 million just since 2013.

The majority of the $2.68 million The Post documented was spent since 2013 at Southwest Auction Service, the biggest commercial dog auction in the country, with some additional spending at its smaller, only remaining competitor, Heartland Sales. Southwest originated in Wheaton, Mo., in 1988, and Heartland was founded in Cabool, Mo., in 2003, as a marketplace for breeders. As the last remaining government-licensed auctions, they let buyers and sellers see hundreds of dogs at a time and are a legal part of the country’s puppy supply chain. They are regulated by the U.S. and Missouri Departments of Agriculture and open to the public.  – Article by the Washington post, April, 2018

One Southeast Missouri animal rescue, Mac’s Mission, not only condones the practice, but participates and spent a whopping $32,955 in 2016 alone. All donor money.




While some donors will let a few bucks slide for what might appear to be a noble cause, not all donors are aware their money is being spent in such a manner. There are some donors, while aware their rescue is purchasing dogs,  have no idea of the actual dollar amounts involved.

How well do you keep up with the charities you support?

You might be surprised what you find if you just take the time to do your homework.