Originally Posted by Imagyne
Uhhhhh and how does that differ from an animal shelter selling you a cat (or dog) for money?
The shelter takes unwanted animals, already born, that otherwise would be street strays or destroyed, and often charges a fee to defray costs for its s/n and vet care. The fee is usually far less than those services would cost outside.
A breeder produces most litters for the purpose of sale - if you couldn't sell any of your cats, would you still keep producing litters? I'd guess you'd probably produce a few occasionally, for love of the breed & to keep improving it (which is usually the purpose of a good breeder), but not more than you could house & care for yourself.
I'd like to clarify - I'm not criticizing responsible breeders here or those who choose to buy purebreds (from responsible breeders), just pointing out what I see as the difference between "adopting" an unwanted animal, and "buying" or "acquiring" an animal selected from a breeder.
It's my understanding (and experience, as my mom bred show dogs when I was young), that if you have a good reputation & produce a very popular or rare breed, that you'll often have people waiting to buy pups or kittens before they're even born. Those pups & kittens are sold, with the breeder hoping to recover costs & hopefully make a profit (my mom did, because her dogs were often Best in Show and commanded a high price - $2000 for a pup in the 1970's, and of course there were stud fees too. Yes, they were very expensive to care for properly, but she did usually make some profit, although that's not the reason why she bred- she bred because she loved the dogs, and loved to show).
To me, that's the difference between adoption and purchase - one animal was produced with intent to sell, the other was simply unwanted, an "accident" or abandoned, and any money paid is to cover its basic care (or to ensure that it will be valued in its new home - never just give an animal away, unless you know the people well.).