Would it be morally wrong to rename a rescued Doberman? I think I want to rescue one from Aztec, but the names of some of them don't appeal to me. Am I being too selfish? Or will renaming possibly help the dog to overcome any trauma? Please let me know what you think. Thank you
I did a double take reading the "morally" wrong line...I don't even get how a dogs name would be a moral issue.
As far as rescues go--several people have already pointed out that often rescues don't have much history or even a name when they arrive at the rescue. So, it wouldn't seem (to me at least) to make any earthly difference whether you called the dog what the rescue was calling it or renamed it.
If if was a senior dog (8 or 9 years old say) and had been going by one name which was known for years I'd probably just stick with that name.
Even when the dog isn't a rescue (none of mine are) some come with call names and registered names from their breeder--I usually leave them alone. Some have come (as my Australian Shepherd did) being called something I just couldn't see--he was being called Bubba--a friend who was along when I picked him up said "He looks like a Henry"--so I called him Henry and my very close friend and roommate's youngest kid (who was about 6 at the time) always called him Hank--I don't think she even knew that Hank is one of the "pet" names for guys called Henry.
A co-worker adopted a kitten from a local shelter--it camed named Henrietta--but was a neutered male--he got renamed quickly.
And one of the more or less local pounds simply names everything that comes in to them on one day with the same first letter--so all the January 1 animals become something that starts with "A"--if they get a lot of animals in on a particular day some of the names are pretty odd--like the tiny grey tabbly that came into our clinic named Idiosyncracy--that got changed.
I have two cats that came to me as sort of rescues (via the vet clinic where I work) the first had a name--actually he had a name from Oregon Humane Society (and I don't even remember what that was)--his original adopter renamed him something Scandanavian and had to give him up (he turned out to have ringworm and she had immune system problems of her own) and one of my co-workers said that if his last name was going to be Russell he really was strange enough to be called Leon--that was 9 years ago--he's still strange and still Leon Russell.
The other cat was fouind in a utility box with one dead and another nearly dead kitten--she was clearly just a kitten herself--Animal Control brought her into the clinic--one of the tech's called her "Mamma"--I took her and called her Flair. The tech never knows who I'm talkiing about when I refer to her as Flare and I have to stop and think who the heck she's talking about when she calls her "Mamma".
I don't think names are cut in stone and half of the rescues have no idea what their name is anyway.