PLEASE DON’T MAKE AN EMOTIONAL DECISION WHEN CHOOSING TO ADOPT A DOG/CAT!
Consider adoption instead of buying. No matter how “reputable” you think your local pet store is, they’re getting their pets from one of two sources: 1) a “backyard” breeder, or 2) a puppy mill. The majority of purebred dogs in shelters or rescues are the product of “backyard” breeders. These are people who make some easy cash by breeding their dogs. Most of these breeders don’t know a thing about breeding for favorable health and temperament qualities, and they don’t know how to raise a properly socialized litter. Many of these pets are weaned from their mothers way too soon. Sometimes, backyard breeders turn into small-time puppy mills. What’s a puppy mill? A puppy mill is basically a puppy factory farm. The dogs are kept in small cages and forced to breed at unhealthy rates… it’s all about money. Female dogs are made to have several litters per year, which is extremely dangerous and cruel. Each mill produces several different breeds, and pays little attention to the specific health and genetic diseases due to inbreeding. Genetic health testing is almost unheard of, and mass-producing pets for profit is the bottom line. In the worst cases, unspeakable abuse and horrifying conditions are the norm. How can you stop puppy mills? There is only one way. Take away their profits.
A DOG IS FOR LIFE!
Why adopt from shelters?
Benefits of shelter adoption
Because you’ll save a life.
Because you’ll get a great animal.
Because it’ll cost you less.
Because it’s one way to fight puppy mills.
Because all pets are good for your health, but adoptees offer an extra boost.
Because adoption helps more than just one animal. Overburdened shelters take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year, and by adopting an animal, you’re making room for others.
Because you’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world.
It’s not just the right thing to do; adoption in itself is the reward.