by Ali Garfinkel
Categories: Animals
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Photo: Beast's Facebook page

As if he couldn’t have enough scandal surrounding his name, man’s best Facebook friend Mark Zuckerberg may have lied about his recent puppy adoption.

Beast, the Hungarian Sheepdog, already has his own Facebook page (duh), and over 12,000 ‘likes’ as well as multiple published photos.

The Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) praised Zuckerberg and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan for bringing the pup into their home, but wanted to make it known that the term ‘adopted’ technically wasn’t used correctly in this situation.

According to ARC, “the term ‘adopt’ is typically used when rescuing an animal who otherwise would not have a home,” and further research shows that the couple may have in fact bought Beast from a breeder in Oregon.

Millions of homeless dogs are killed in shelters every year, and as a young, prominent public figure, Zuckerberg had the chance to send a message to all concerning the need for more people to rescue helpless canines, the ones who are neglected and desperately need homes. Instead, he chose to purchase a dog and slap the word ‘adoption’ on it as if he were doing a noble deed.

Although Beast is plenty adorable, Zuckerberg’s purchase from a breeder means that somewhere in the world, a homeless puppy will go another day without being adopted. Dislike!

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Beast indeed was bought from a breeder!

  • Laurel

    Get that, Celebs? Purchasing is *not* adoption unless it’s a little person from overseas you’re buying.

    • Brandy Baker

      Hear is my thoughts on this. I haven’t seen his page so I may be making a comment that isn’t correct. I understand that people are upset but I am really not sure why. Ok he used the word adopt but do we know the whole story. Here is what I …mean. I bought a full blooded lab and paid good money for her. Here is the catch. I actually bought her from a puppy mill. Now don’t judge me yet. Let me explain. I had a black lab that died. After having my baby Piggy put down I swore I would never own another dog because the pain of losing him was like losing my best friend. After a year one day out of the blue my husband and I were sitting on the porch and he said we need to get you a dog, and right then I wanted a dog NOW!!!! So we looked in the paper and found someone that was selling labradors. To our surprise when we got there we knew it was a puppy mill. All the puppies were dirty and you could tell these puppies weren’t being taken care of. I knew I had to have one now. I was sad and happy all at the same time. If I could of taken everyone of those puppies I would have, but I only had the money for one. I grabbed her up and rush out of that place so fast that I didn’t even get a birth date or her paper. Not that any of that ever mattered to me anyways. I wanted a dog in my life that I could love and give a wonderful home. I saved her!!!! Yes I could of went to a shelter but I didn’t want to wait. Does that make me a bad person. NO and I am going to tell you why. Rather a dog comes from a breeder or a shelter that dog needed a home with someone that would love them like a child. Dogs that are from breeders still need homes too. What happens to a dog that breeder can not get homes for. They could be sent to pet stores or may become a shelter dog, or even worst just given away to anyone that will take that puppy, because they may not want the dog. When I say I am Animal Lovers Against Abuse I say that for every dog in this world. Shelter, breeder, found, neglected whatever. All these dogs need homes. So rather we use the words adopt or bought doesn’t even matter. If a person takes a dog into their home and treats them like there family is a wonderful person for doing so. So maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on this guy. Ok maybe he worded it wrong, but lets remember why we do what we do. We want all animals to have safe and loving home. If Mark is doing that then let’s thank him for that and forget about the wording of how he got this dog. Let’s not waste time on commenting and anger on a good dog owner. There are too many bad dog owners out there that we need to put are engery on. I have two dogs that were brought from breeders and four dogs that I have rescued. That makes me a dog lover and a good owner. Remember the important things, which is a dog found a loving home and not in a home where he is neglected or mistreated. ALL DOGS NEED HOMES. DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHERE YOU GOT THAT DOG FROM.See More

      • My Campbell

        I am so glad that you said all that you did. You put down into words what I really feel about this. ALL DOGS, cats and animals need a good, loving home regardless of where they come from.

        Instead of pointing fingers and judging people who purchase pets from breeders, if people feel so passionate about protecting animals from the horrendous conditions at mills, write to your lawmakers. Pick up a sign. Organize groups whose purpose is to improve the living conditions of these animals. I do not believe that puppy mills should be automatically shut down, but they need to be better regulated.

      • JM

        You did NOT rescue that puppy! All you did was put money into the hands of an irresponsible breeder who will continue to create dogs that are not healthy or properly maintained. You had a chance to ‘rescue’ by contacting the authorities and staying after them until they shut down the ‘breeder’. All you did was support puppy mills. Shame on you.

      • marie

        I hope you reported the facility to the local humane society, sheriff’s office, or police dept for the unacceptable conditions.

      • uhlaneuh

        Yes it DOES matter where you get your dog from. If you buy from a puppy mill, you keep the puppy mill in business! I understand that you wanted to help these puppies, but you can do that by reporting the man to the USDA and not purchasing! If you dont purchase,he doesn’t make any money. So he wont be in business… @my Campbell… your views are WAY off.

      • BooMrB

        Maybe you should have thought about the poor Mother and Father that are living their lives in a cage because you had to have the puppy NOW. That poor Mother and Father goes without adequate food, water or proper vet care. I am sure your puppy has inheritated their lack of care. Yes, all animals need love and a good home. Puppy Mill parents aren’t afforded that because of people like you. Maybe you should try living in a cage that you can barely turn around in for 24 hours and see how you like it. Maybe you should pay for the care and vetting that the rescues need that have come from puppy mills. Watch a few videso about puppy mills and what those poor animals have to LIVE 24 hours a day and see if you feel the same way. I sure hope not. As for MY CAMPBELL I do point fingers as well as pick up a sign and write letter to elected officials. I also donate EVERY month to local rescues because of people like you.

      • Julia

        If people didn’t buy from puppy mills don’t you think that they would go out of business and the whole nasty issue would go away?!?! You can NOT buy/rescue/adopt what ever you feel the need to call it from a puppy mill as you are supporting them and supplying their business with money that will keep it going.
        Very sad that you think that you did a good thing by giving a puppy mill money for a pup :-(

      • LeRoy

        yes all dogs need a home and YES, it does ,matter where it comes from. A shelter dog gets adopted and it is replaced in the shelter by another homeless or unwanted dog. A breeder dog is replaced by an unborn puppy. All buying from a breeder does is produce another dog. If people stop buying dogs from breeders eventually there are less homeless dogs. So yes, it does matter where taht dog came from.

  • Garden Girl

    He’s a shifty one IMHO.

  • herwin

    Mark Zuckerberg is an educated person and even for the less educated it’s just a mouseclick away to learn about the sad and deadly fate of millions of homeless dogs.
    Instead of choosing to help a dog in need he (and she) did choose for buying from a breeder and trying to masquerade it as “adoption”.
    A small and insignificant choiche for mr Zuckerberg is a death penalty for some other dog out there.

    • Shawn Lowe

      Well said. It is a sad day when anyone chooses not to rescue.

      • herwin

        i tell you something, i live in Thailand and the King here has several dogs. His most famous and most beloved dog is called Thong Daeng , a dog the King rescued from a litter of a stray dog. The King holds this dog in such a high esteem that he did write a book about Thong Daeng and in detail write about all the good qualities that that former stray dog has.
        Adopt, don’t buy, that is the royal thing to do.

      • midnightangel6660

        you sit there and bash those of us who bust our asses and hearts saving abandined animals some dont make ti out of there alive you brag well LIEwould actuly be more acurate about adopting the pup you shoved all8 feet in your yap at the same time now get off our backs for rescueing animals better yet why dont you donate to some of the rescues you skinflint

  • Anonimo

    Zuckerberg should make a dislike button on Facebook. And I believe that this with the puppies is just a way of showing his face on the press, nothing more.

  • Robert

    I thought he adopted a shelter dog too until I saw it was a Hungarian Sheepdog. Did anyone REALLY think a dog like that would be in a shelter?

    • Abigail

      At least 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred.

      • uhlaneuh

        true, but a hungarian sheepdog in a shelter is even rarer.

      • peggy

        that does mean that 75% are mixed including the so-called designer dogs. There are many reasons for buying from a reputable breeder the most important being genetic testing on the parents. I get tired of everybody lumping all breeders in the same catagory there are good breeders who stand behind their puppies, become mentors and friends to the puppy buyers along with working with rescue and then their are the backyard breeders and puppy mills.

  • Kimm

    I don’t think someone should be criticized for buying from a breeder, rather then a rescue/shelter. While no one should support puppy mills, or pet stores and brokers, purchasing/adopting a puppy from a responsible breeder that is the type/temperament expectations/size color is his right. HE is going to be living with the dog, not all the critics.
    Yes, there are thousands of dogs in rescues/shelters across America and it is wonderful when they are adopted/purchased (I have yet to see one that didn’t charge some money) by anyone, it doesn’t make them a saint, and those who go to a breeder a sinner.

    • Abigail

      I didn’t read it as criticism. I read it as a missed opportunity to use his position to inform the public about the plight of shelter animals. For example, there are not thousands of dogs in shelters across America; there are HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dogs DYING in shelters across America. Its kind of a big deal.

      • Shawn Lowe

        And now because of how he adopted his dog, we do have the opportunity to keep spreading the word using him as an example. Don’t do what he did, go to a shelter and adopt. I so wish I could save them all.

      • Britt

        Yes, it’s kind of a big deal but HE is going to be the one living with that dog for 15 years or so. He got the breed/temperament that fit HIS lifestyle. Just because someone adopts from a breeder doesn’t mean they hate dogs, or are oblivious to the plight of shelter dogs. Going to a reputable breeder means he got the dog that he wanted with a clean bill of health from the parents. There is a difference between getting a puppy from a breeder and getting one from a puppy mill, but people don’t seem to be aware of that.

    • Practical one

      Kimm wrote: there are thousands of dogs in rescues/shelters.

      that is not correct; there are millions of dogs that are homeless and unwanted; many are uncounted when the suffer and die outside of shelters and rescues.

      There are plenty of free dogs and cats literally dying for a good home. Post a note at a vet’s or groomer’s office, look on CraigsList, contact a rental office where pets are permitted; call a social worker or homeless shelter and offer to rescue a dog or cat.

      Breeders bring more pets into the world, therefore displacing homeless pets, causing homeless pets to suffer and die. BASIC MATH Therefore a good/reputable breeder is like a good/reputable pedophile, there’s no such thing. Just because a pedophile uses clean sheets and serves nutritious snacks doesn’t make him “good”. Both cause suffering and death and justify it for their personal gratification. Both enjoy the company of other like-minded folks.

      We look at dog fighters and wonder how they justify it. Pets are in the fight for their lives; breeders contribute to the deaths of dogs just like Michael Vick. Someday society will look back on these times of permitting pet suffering and deaths pets and wonder how we accepted it.

      • Nancy

        Exactly… People do not educate themselves, before speaking about it being ok to adopt from a breeder… How do they know they are not selling to a pet store~ most of the time they are. I adopted from a rescue and a shelter, and became friends of the lady that runs the rescue. She has basically given up her life to work 24/7 without much appreciation, for saving the lives of animals. Or, cleaning up the mess of other people leaving unwanted pets at the shelters, where she just saved so many that she has to get vetted. Once the shelters are full again, the will kill for more space. SPAY/NEUTER is the only way. I share the animals she posts several times per day, and ask for only $1 donation to help her out from my friends per month.. but I wonder if they are even sharing these poor souls~ Most aren’t.. they don’t consider they have an extended FB family.. they just Don’t get it. I give when I don’t have money for bills, because I know it will save one more soul~ and life matters, no matter what form it is on this earth!

      • peggy

        I’m tired of people blaming breeders for all the dogs in the shelters. Should people stop having their own babies because there are MILLIONS of starving and dying children around the world.

  • Jenne

    Call your local shelter – there are at least 4 purebred dogs there today. Yes, there are hundreds of breed-specific rescues across the country, but very frequently, they pull their breed from local shelters to give them a better chance at finding a home.

    And yes, a responsible breeder will sell a puppy with a lifelong contract that the dog comes back to the breeder if the owner cannot continue to care for it.

    Unlike my neighbor, who bought a German Shepherd puppy from Petland (really?!?!?! your neighbor is a humane investigator for the state and you wouldn’t ask her?!?!) then took it to the local shelter a week later when her daughter decided she didn’t like not being the center of attention anymore.

  • Jeanne

    As someone who works at an animal shelter and fosters for rescues I would just like to say this:

    SO WHAT IF HE BOUGHT FROM A BREEDER! It appears to be a responsible breeder and it sounds like appropriate research was done and they found a dog that fit’s their into their lifestyle and (guessing) experience.

    I meet people all the time that just want to “save” a dog and they see a fluffy coat and it’s got blue eyes so they want it. Doesn’t matter what the personality is – they will force this square pet into the round hole and “make it” fit into their lifestyle. When they wake up and find out what a mistake that kind of thinking was, the dog might be returned to the shelter where we can adopt it out again or, sadly, it will end up living out a lonely life as a backyard dog and may eventually come back as an untrained nuisance that can’t pass a behavior eval.

    Instead of coming off as the Rescue Nazi, maybe some of you should think about encouraging people to consider their second dog from a shelter? This approach has worked quite successfully for some shelters.

    • Rosemarie DiMatteo

      Thank you! Finally, someone speaks some sense. These folks have just as much right to chose their pet as anyone, and in fact, Beast can become a wonderful spokes-pet for the humane treatment of ALL animals–especially those who like to post on FB. I see good things ahead for this adorable pooch. LOVE him.

    • Shawn Lowe

      I think there are some out there who are militant about rescue. I don’t care for breeders, there are too few reputable people out there, most are simple puppy mills disguised. I think the problem as always is people. We are an instant gratification society who wants what we want NOW! So we do what someone said before “plug-n-play” with an animals life instead of doing the footwork and making sure it’s a fit. The other problem is high kill shelters. You find a dog, want to spend some time getting to know it, but it’s on the kill list for eight hours from now so you better make a decision. The fact that any animal is losing it’s life because human beings are sociopathic, self-centered, throw away, replace with the next type beings is what is the saddest part of all of this.

  • Lis

    Dogs are not plug-n-play. “Four purebreds at the local shelter” means nothing if they’re not good matches for the person or family looking to add a dog to their family. Usually, when someone wants a purebred dog, they’re not looking for the mere fact of a fancy pedigree, but CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS. A purebred English bulldog is not going to meet the needs of someone who wanted a Maltese, or an Irish setter, or a Jack Russell Terrier.

    Whereas a toy poodle MIGHT meet the needs of the person hankering after a Maltese, a different kind of setter or possibly a retriever might meet the needs of the Irish setter person, etc. But since there are NOT currently “four purebreds at [my] local shelter” and it’s wildly unlikely they’d represent four different dog groups if there were, I’m not sure what you think your point is, Jenne.

    As for Zuckerberg and Chan–no, “he lied” is not reasonable speculation here. What’s LIKELY is that they used the word “adoption” because they regard their new lil fluffy one as a FAMILY member and not a possession. What’s NOT likely is that they’re so tuned in to shelter/rescue language use that they used the word “adoption” to put one over on people.

    And if everyone got their new puppies from responsible breeders (not pet stores and puppy mills), there’s be a lot fewer dogs in shelters, because responsible breeders screen the buyers for suitability, make a good match, and have contract provisions in place to ensure the dog comes back to them if the buyer–EVER–can’t keep him or her.

  • Clara Miller

    I don’t think it was the fact that he got the dog from a breeder that bothers me, it is the fact that he used the word “adopt”, which is a blatant misuse of the term. Working with a rescue, I have many adopters that have gotten one of their dogs from a breeder and we even have a board member that did the same, but they were good breeders, the families were looking for a specific dog breed and the breed they chose rarely ends up in shelters. Many reputable breeders are very involved in rescue because they are passionate about their breed.

    • Jeanne

      Christie Keith wrote an article for Pet Connection on this use of the word “adopt”.

      She said exactly what I was thinking. I think Mark and g/f used the word “adopt” because their feeling was they see themselves as bringing in a new member to their family. I don’t think a technoid like Mark spends enough time in the world of animal rescue and shelter stuff to understand how we who work in that world use the word “adopt”. Oh hell, that’s why I’m not a writer. See Christie’s article:

      • herwin

        you gotta be kidding. mr Facebook is an educated person with both his legs standing in the real world and not an out-of-this-world technoid geek.
        The term “adopt” isn’t a technical term from the ilustrious world of dog shelters, it’s a term anyone knows what it means. BUYING isn’t ADOPTING.

  • Lis

    Clara, if you meet someone who has just acquired a new puppy, and they are cuddling that pup and beaming with love, and say that they “adopted” that puppy from a breeder–what effect do you think it will have if you lecture them about “blatant misuse of the term” or accuse them of “lying”?

    This is shelter/rescue language, it is not the normal language people who are not involved in shelter/rescue when talking about their own pets. Greet someone’s love for their new pet with lectures and condemnation and the result will not be that they get their next pet from a shelter–or that their friends and family will. Remember that their friends and family will hear all about your self-righteous rant, too.

    When the Obamas got Bo from a breeder, Petfinder used the event to highlight Portuguese Water Dogs in shelters around the country. There weren’t many, bu the ones there were got an increased shot at adoption because of the good publicity. Zuckerberg’s puli could be used to highlight pulis and komondors in shelters and in rescue, too.

    Or you can all get your satisfaction blasting a family for their love of their new puppy, and alienate any dog lovers who aren’t active in rescue who happen to get caught in the blast. Whatever.

    • Jeanne

      Need a “LIKE” button here!

      Well said Lis!

      • herwin

        very well said indeed, still i disagree.
        buying a dog instead of choosing a dog from your local shelter, simply means one shelter dog is denied a happy family and in the worst case..

        you know, famous people many times set the example and are followed, consciously or unconsciously.
        Every time animals are starred in movies shortly later there is a rush to buy these animals, and again shortly after that, many of these animals are DUMPED, like white owls (starring in Harry Potter movies), clownfishes (the stars in NEMO), etc.
        You know, the animal industry, and that includes the sympathetic dog breeders, are filled with animal cruelty, a person wanting a companion animal at least could truly ADOPT a homeless animal, that’s called being responsible.

  • Rosemarie DiMatteo

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    Thank you! Finally, someone speaks some sense. These folks have just as much right to choose their pet as anyone, and in fact, Beast can become a wonderful spokes-pet for the humane treatment of ALL animals–especially to those who like to post on FB. I paid a visit just because Beast is so irresistible. FB can do great things by making “human” behavior that needs to be changed more visible, and I’m all for THAT! I see good things ahead for this adorable pooch. LOVE him.

  • catherine

    I have nothing against breeders, there are good breeders out there and they shouldn’t be out of a job simply because there are so many pets that need homes in the shelter, etc. Breeders are dog people who are out there working to protect the integrity of the breed (health, etc) and it is where you can get healthy dogs without breed-related defects.

  • herwin

    huh ? this isn’t a breeders-are-good-or-bad thing, but a you-buy-another-die thing.
    It’s a missed oportunity to buy and not adopt and save a dogs life.
    And mr Facebook is a blatant lier for pretending he is adopting a dog, which he isn’t.

    • Lis


      Buying from a responsible breeder does NOT mean that a shelter dog dies–and saying that it does, does exactly NOTHING to promote shelter adoptions.

      Consider Jenne’s inane comment above that there are “four purebreds in the local shelter”–four purebred whats? Labs? Beagles? I just did a Petfinder search; I found two pulis, one presumed purebred, the other a poodle/puli mix. They are apparently with different rescues in L.A. (the opposite coast from me), but the same picture is used for both. The mix is described as being really good friends with a border collie/Lab mix, and the rescue would like to adopt them out together…

      Rational, responsible people, when acquiring a new pet, give some thought to what animal, breed, age, personality will be a good fit for their family and lifestyle. What causes a pet to wind up in a shelter or rescue is when people DON’T consider those things adequately, and make a wrong choice. The puppy of a carefully, wisely chosen breed, from a responsible breeder, will never take up a space in a shelter or rescue that another dog might need–and at the same time, may build the owner’s confidence and comfort level to where, if they are approached in a friendly rather than condemnatory way, they may get their next pet from a shelter or rescue.

      Telling people that finding and buying the puppy they wanted killed another pet in a shelter won’t do anything except cause them to respond to hostility with hostility.

      It costs an awful lot of money to “adopt” a human child, far more than buying any puppy does, but people don’t talk about that as a purchase. For most people, bringing a new pet into the family is bringing in a new family member, and whatever the exact process, they don’t think of it primarily as a commercial transaction.

      Zuckerberg isn’t “lying” when he talks about “adopting” Beast. He’s talking like a normal person talking about his beloved new pet. In taking the time to think about what breed would be a good match for him and to find a responsible breeder, he’s gone way beyond a great many celebs who no matter how smart and educated they are in other areas, don’t see what the problem is with going to a pet store to buy a pet.

      Bashing him for not talking like someone who lives, breathes, sleeps animal rescue is not going to make him or anyone else more likely to adopt from a shelter or rescue next time.

      Trying to guilt people into doing what you think they should, and trying to regulate how they talk about their family members, are tactics with a very, very low success rate.

  • Asha

    Honestly I don’t know how any of you can stand up for what he did. I myself don’t mind that he bought from a breeder(even though I know adoption is the best) but he LIED about adopting this dog. That is the problem here and the fact that some of you see nothing wrong with that are dilusional. He obviously wanted to say he adopted the dog to help his reputation which was tarnished after the social network came out and it backfired on him. This guy always leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    • Lis

      No, Asha, he didn’t lie. People who aren’t active participants in animal rescue don’t think that the word “adopt” applies to only one way of acquiring a pet.

      And while those of you who think he’s lying don’t realize it, but getting a puppy or kitten from a responsible breeder is no more a purely commercial transaction than getting one from a shelter or rescue. In fact, the cats and dogs I’ve gotten from shelters over the years have largely been a matter of filling out a form and handing over a check, while the ones that have come from breeders have involved vet checks, personal references, and long, long, long conversations about past experience, home circumstances, care, provisions for back-up care, etc.

      Responsible breeders aren’t making a profit on their puppies, and tend to have screening procedures right up there with very careful rescues–and no resemblance to public shelters that just want their money before you take your choice of pet home.

      • herwin

        “public shelters that just want their money before you take your choice of pet home.”

        alright Lis, now we are getting somewhere. so that’s how you and pure bred breeders think about shelters ?
        You and your chubs are humanitarians selling 500us$ puppies and hardly making a profit (tears in my eye now..) and shelters are run by money greedy bastards who couldn’t care less about dogs.

        right on, girl, keep it coming ! love to hear more from the illustrious world of pure bred breeders !

  • herwin


    if mr Facebook did choose a dog from a dog shelter, the netto result would be that one shelter dog less had to be killed and instead a dog that would be infinite happy being adopted by a loving family.


    and no, buying isn’t adopting, nor when we speak about human adoption or animal adoption.

    and finally, speaking up for shelter dogs isn’t “bashing” mr Facebook, i could care less. Unwanted dogs is a social issue, and by talking about this, i am sure that more people will get informed and take the only good and humane decision and that is taking a dog from the shelter.

    good breeders ? i don’t doubt that these people are good and decent people like you and me, but the breeding and selling of animals in itself isn’t “good” and more correctly are a part of the problem.

    • Lis

      Unless you want dogs to become extinct, dogs are going to breed.

      Do you prefer that dogs breed because careless owners don’t adequately contain and supervise their dogs, or that dedicated, loving, knowledgable people health screen and temperament screen potential breeding dogs, keep their dogs in their own homes and not in kennels or cages, breed on a limited basis, provide excellent care for the adult dogs and the puppies, excellent socialization for the puppies, careful screening of potential puppy buyers, and contracts that ensure most puppies will be spayed or neutered, and that ALL dogs bred by them are guaranteed a home to return to if the buyer EVER can’t keep their dog?

      Good breeders don’t make a profit on breeding. Doing it right is expensive and brings in very little money to help defray the costs. They do it for love of dogs, love of their dogs, and love of their breed.

      There are more than enough people (17 million!) wanting to add a pet to their family every year who have NOT YET decided where the pet will come from to more than provide for the 3.5 million pets who die in shelters every year. The problem is not someone making a thoughtful, well-researched decision to buy a puppy of a particular breed from a responsible breeder. The problem is the failure to effectively MARKET those adoptable but unadopted pets effectively to the people for whom they WOULD be a good match.

      Claiming that buying a responsibly bred puppy means a shelter dog dies is NOT effective marketing for shelter dogs. It’s a turn-off; the spittle-flecked hate is all too clear–and people aren’t going to adopt a dog from someone who makes a point of parading their hate.

      I suppose you think PETA’s idea of sending a body bag to anyone who buys a puppy is clever, effective marketing. It’s not. It makes people think of the shelter/rescue community as rather vile and something to be avoided.

      Try taking Mr. Zuckerberg’s acquisition of a puppy, whom he clearly loves, to promote the small number of pulis and puli mixes in shelters and rescues. Or other mixes that resemble them. BE POSITIVE, and not negative. Don’t tell people they’re Bad because they didn’t get the puppy they love from a source you approve of, and NEVER tell them the puppy they love is a Bad Thing, or Killed Another Dog.

      Instead use that shared love of dogs to make a connection, and send a HAPPY message about good dogs, when they’re ready for a second, waiting for new homes and ready to be positive additions to their households and families.

      • herwin

        @ Lis.
        Dogs won’t go extinct and that’s not even closely related to the topic.

        You know, pure dogs are bred for their apearances, not for their caracter.
        It is a fact that many pure bred dogs have inbred diseases or are just freak animals, like some dog species with a short jaw, very cute but also these dogs have problems eating and breathing.

        Just look at working dogs like police dogs and dogs that help invalid people like blind people.
        These dogs are often selected from regular dogs and even when they are a pure bred dog, they won’t win any dog shows.
        The best dogs with the best caracter are the regular dogs, not the pure breds.

        Anybody wanting a companion animal would do best to visit the local dog shelter and make a dog happy. Now THAT’S a HAPPY message.

        For all your talk about good and resposnible breeders, sorry, but breeding and selling dogs while there are millions of dogs in small cages in dog shelters, it doesn’t sound compassionate or good to me.

        ADOPT, DON’T BUY

      • Lis

        Police dogs are most commonly working-line purebred German Shepherds or Malinois. Dogs whose purpose is specifically to be specialized police tracking dogs are commonly bloodhounds.

        Blind people aren’t usually invalids. Their guide dogs are most commonly German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, or Golden Retrievers, and they are purpose-bred dogs, not shelter rescues or random mutts.

        SOME kinds of assistance dogs, such as hearing assistance dogs, are more commonly–at least, more commonly than guide dogs–shelter rescues. Medical alert dogs are most commonly the owner’s pet dog who started alerting to a medical condition and was then subsequently trained to make the alert behavior more useful. They might be anything–shelter rescues, purebreds from the best of breeders, or puppy mill retail “product.”

        Puppy mill “purebreds” are bred indiscriminately with no health screening, temperament screening, or socialization, and minimal or no care. They figure HEAVILY into the “purebreds are less healthy” effect.

        Responsible breeders _do_ health screen and temperament screen. They don’t breed dogs with unreliable temperaments, and they don’t do breedings which are likely to perpetuate known genetic defects in their breed. They also take lifetime responsibility for the puppies they produce so that those dogs NEVER have to enter the shelter/rescue system, even if something goes wrong in the home that originally purchases them.

        There absolutely are some basic structural problems in some breeds. I have real problems with some of the short-faced breeds–but even there, there are breeders in those breeds pushing back on those problems, breeding for a slightly less extreme type that _can_ breathe and _can_ mate and whelp naturally.

        There’s also a basic problem with the closed studbook, reducing the genetic diversity available within each breed. But responsibly bred breeds outside the AKC/UKC system (such as English shepherds, working-line border collies, Jack Russell terriers, among others) aren’t bound by that unfortunate practice. Even within the AKC, some breeds have intentionally re-introduced foundation stock from outside the closed studbook system to restore genetic diversity.

        The dogs that I’ve known that have the best characters come from backgrounds of being born, raised, and socialized in a home environment with a family. And those, in turn, have been either responsibly bred purebreds, or mixed breeds whose owners were DOING SOMETHING with their dogs–hunting, herding, agility, disk dog, flyball, SOMETHING.

        The majority of the dogs in my local shelter are either pits or pit mixes, or Labs or Lab mixes. These are dogs with the potential to be FANTASTIC pets–for the right household. I’m in my fifties, asthmatic, have a bad knee–I can’t do what I did in past decades, when we had, in succession, a border collie, a cocker spaniel, a Golden mix, a Lab mix. Can’t. Do. That. Any. More. Well, maybe the cocker, but if I had a cocker, she’d probably be a tad pudgy. Instead, I have a Chinese Crested, much better suited to my abilities now, and she is not just not fat, but sleek and well-muscled.

        But at my local shelter, the small dogs, even the small terriers who would still be a challenge for me, have Adoption Pending signs up almost as soon as they go on the adoption floor. You could wait forever, holding out for a small dog who needs moderate exercise and is good with cats.

        OTOH, a couple of years ago I picked up a lost Lab mix that I didn’t recognize in my neighborhood, and took him to our very excellent local Animal Control, then kept in touch until he and his owners were reconnected a few days later. If his owners hadn’t turned up, I’d have dragged my sister in to meet him–my sister, who is ten years younger, ex-Army, a runner, has an equally active husband and a teenage daughter. They’d have love him!

        It’s vitally important, when getting a dog, to match the dog’s needs to your needs. My sister finds my little dog’s active, inquisitive mind and indoor playfulness frustrating and annoying–while for me, that’s exactly what I wanted in a dog. My sister has a Lab, who is smart but laid-back inside, and loves to go running with them: a sweet, friendly jock. I’d be just physically unable to provide exercise she needs to be fit, healthy, and even laid-back inside rather than a bored, destructive chewer!

        You won’t empty the shelters by telling people they have a moral obligation to adopt from the shelter even if the dog that’s right for them isn’t there.

        And you won’t encourage people to adopt from a shelter by convincing them that shelter and rescue people are nasty, hostile people who will cheerfully destroy someone’s joy in their pet if the pet doesn’t come from a shelter or rescue.

      • herwin

        @ Lis.

        i am getting the feeling you are a dog breeder yourself, eh.

        well, this topic isn’t about pro or anti-breeders but about dog shelters who are filled to the point that many dogs have to be killed each year.
        Anyone who gets the urge for a companion animal, will get the most sweetest reward when adopting a dog from the shelters. now THAT is adopting, and there is nothing wrong in promoting shelter dogs.

      • herwin

        and one other point. What would be the cost of a pure bred pup coming from a “responsible breeder”.

        Probably only the mr Facebooks and the Obama’s and other rich people of this world ever could buy from such a mythical “responsible breeder”.

        You know, ordinary folks who buy a puppy, most likely buy one at their local petshop or from the internet. And you know what, these dogs most likely come from puppy mills.

        Anyway, mr Facebook did a little Obama act on us, pretending to adopt, while in fact buying a dog.

        “DON’T BUY, ADOPT”

  • Shaman Tito

    Message to Beast Puli Zuckerberg

    Hi Beast, don’t forget that your full name is Beast Puli Zuckerberg, because your dad is Mark Zuckerberg and your mom is Priscilla Chan. Nice that you have found a home Beast but may be you, Mom and Dad can donate some time to some dogs that are not so fortunate as you. Please tell your Dad and Mom to take you to a shelter and let you pick out a playmate to save PLEASE

    Mark, thank you for taking care of Beast! Next time consider adopting instead of shopping! Beast Zuckerberg is adorable, very fluffy, incredibly fluffy. But may be you can go to the shelter and get him a sister. Then you could have Beauty and the Beast!

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  • Erin Elizabeth

    Scum of the earth. surprised he didn’t steal it like he did facebook.

    Scum. complete scum who hopefully with ROT IN HELL.

    • herwin

      well, well, well…WELL,,,well…well…….uh, well, he seems like a nice and educated guy to me, he just had a missed oportunity about truly adopting a shelter dog.
      no need to start name calling.

  • Melissa

    This is so disturbing to me, the reaction.

    He simply used the wrong word, he and his girlfriend adopted their first baby.

    I have seen ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that indicated he said he rescued. He has a PULI and its a PUPPY for christsake. This is a VERY rare dog breed. These dogs are not sitting in shelters.

    From all accounts it looks like he purchased from a REPUTABLE breeder, which is fine.

    If you’re only into adopting and rescuing that is awesome, but be realistic in the fact that you’re berating the guy for not rescuing. He did not lie, and this is absolute slander to me. You’ve never unintentionally misspoken? Please.

    Whoever started this drama deserves a good punch in the face IMHO. Vomit inducing.

    I have a rescue, as well as a great dane from a reputable breeder and I will continue to do both throughout my life.. kill me!

  • Teri D

    I just read this story and here is my personal opinion. They have every right just like anyone else to buy a puppy versus going to a shelter. The term adoption is used same as when a person ‘adopts’ a baby. Should we now say that people are ‘buying’ babies instead of ‘adopting them..they are essentially. And plus the fact that many shelters or rescues charge an outrageous price for animals. Around here they want in the neighborhood of $300-$400 and they are not papered. I do wish Mark many years of happiness with his new puppy.