Don’t Shop at Pet Stores—Adopt!

Think that buying a puppy from a pet store isn’t such a big deal? THINK AGAIN.

That cute little puppy you want to buy is from a puppy mill and yes, pet stores WILL and DO lie to you and will tell you whatever you want to hear to make the sale. It happens ALL of the time! In buying a puppy, you’re helping to keep puppy mills in business. Don’t believe me? Educate yourself.

Puppy mills have been around for decades. They continue to thrive because they prey on unwitting consumers who are smitten by “too-cute-for-words” puppies in pet store windows and on legitimate-seeming websites. Puppy mills house dogs in HORRIBLE conditions. Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water, and socialization. Puppy mill dogs do not receive treats, toys, exercise, or basic grooming. To minimize waste cleanup, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs. It is not unusual for cages to be stacked up in columns. Breeder dogs at mills might spend their entire lives outdoors, exposed to the elements, or kept inside indoor cages all their lives. After their fertility wanes, breeding animals are often killed, abandoned, or sold cheaply to another mill to try and get “one more litter” out of the dog. Sometimes the puppy mill owners will have a contact person who collaborates with rescues. The rescue will receive a phone call with the number of breeder dogs and types. The rescue then can save the breeder dogs from death—for a fee, of course. Once adopted, it can take up to or over a year for the dog to relax and allow human touch and love. The result of all this breeding is millions of puppies, many with behavior and/or health problems.

Are you a resident of Pennsylvania? Well, here is some trivia for you regarding the state you live in. If you think PA is in much better shape than more states, you’re wrong. Did you know that Lancaster County, PA is known as the “Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast”? Sad, huh? Check out this article about the state you live in: Lancaster County, PA is the Puppy Mill Capital of the East Coast.

PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH RESCUES WHEN ADOPTING! Keep in mind, rescues consist of volunteers trying to help in their spare time. They do not get paid; they do it out of their love for animals, and in their spare time after they’re done working full-time jobs and having personal lives. Rescues do reference checks and home visits to ensure the dogs are matched to the perfect home for the dog because it is our responsibility to place that dog into a loving home where he will be trained, loved, respected, and will never know pain again. If you do not get the dog you apply for, BE PATIENT. We get new dogs in ALL of the time and it just takes time. Please do not threaten rescues by saying you will just go out and buy one because it’s easier (yes, sadly, we get this threat on occasion) because it’s not the rescue you’re hurting. You’re really hurting the dogs sitting in shelters waiting for a home. If you simply cannot (or will not, I should say) wait for the rescue to help you, go to a shelter and adopt one that matches what you’re looking for!

If you care AT ALL about dogs and want to know how you can help, adopt one sitting in a shelter waiting to die. By not buying, puppy mills would go out of business! Support adoption and educate others! Don’t shop—adopt!

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