No- even if money were not an option- i would not support the breeding of more and more animals when the shelters are already overflowing. If money were not an option- i would donate as much as possible to the shelter where i work and other wonderful shelters to expand facilities, make improvements, etc (working at a shelter i see first hand this problem every day- i could never justify paying money for someone to contribute to the overpopulation issues.) i do not like to be the one to have to pts animals because of overpopulation- it is not a pretty job and it really upsets me anytime i have to euthanize an animal simply because people do not spay/neuter and continue to breed. it really makes you think about the consequences of breeding. I will only adopt rescues.
I do see why good breeders can be important (and i mean that in the kindest way possible- not trying to step on toes)- to improve a breeds genetics, breed out certain defects, and overall improve that breeds quality/etc. (and yes, many REPUTABLE breeders (and we have some good ones on TCS!) do take animals back if an owner can no longer care for them and only adopt out pet quality animals spayed/neutered ( bravo to those who do that!)- and many also do a lot of help for rescues/etc and that is great! )
BUT the problem i have is they are still breeding and as a result- it is contrinbuting to the overpopulation issues. (each animal a breeder breeds- means one more animal at a shelter that has no home to go to - the overcrowding issues are aweful and there is only soo much space a shelter has and only soo many foster homes available before tough decisions like pts have to be made.) Even though many kind breeders do help to rescue domestic cats/etc (and that is wonderful) it still does not help the overpopulation problem if they are breeding and putting more kitties out there and does not reduce the amounts of animals that are pts due to overpopulation/etc as a result of constant breeding. What is even worse are BYB who are not true breeders- yet just think that they can let their pets have babies and sell them.
I hope i didn't offend anyone- i ment that in the kindest way possible. But working at a shelter and seeing the results of overpopulation is heartbreaking. So for me- that is why i do not want to adopt from a breeder and would prefer to adopt a shelter/rescue animal.
I understand where you are coming from. Since I don't hang out at shelters (except when adopting!), I'm probably very ignorant about what makes up a shelter population. I tend to expect that the majority be mixes, and a tiny percent purebreeds. I can't fathom why anybody would spend that kind of money on a purebreed and then not take care of it and/or give it up. Except for cases of an owner's death, or something like that.
This is a question for the future (since I can't have more than 2 pets in this apartment complex), but has anyone who has worked in shelters or rescues ever seen an Egyptian Mau come in?
As far as naming cats - you have a "registered" name and a call name. The registered is fancy so that you don't get too many cats being named "Fluffy" Call name is the name you use for the cat at home.