The holidays are fast approaching and many families are considering giving the gift of a new pet. Please remember animals are not gifts, but lifelong companions. Return and exchange is not an option, however, many individuals make impulse decisions when it comes to getting a new pet and do not make informed decisions.
For starters, according to the Humane Society of the United States, 99% of pet store puppies come from puppy mills, which are basically inhumane, large-scale, breeding facilities. Due to the fact that puppies are mass produced and proper veterinary care is not given in order to keep costs low and profits high, these puppies typically have severe health problems.
There are over 10,000 puppy mills operating in the United States. Conditions frequently encountered include overcrowded living spaces, unsanitary conditions, sparse food and water, and little socialization. The dogs are kept in cramped wire cages stacked one on top of the other, exposed to extreme temperatures. When dogs can no longer produce offspring they are killed or sold. These appalling facilities will continue to function as long as demand is high and people continue to buy pets from pet stores.
If your family is considering a new pet, please research your options and say “no” to pet stores, newspaper ads, and online websites. Visiting your local shelter will provide you will a multitude of options of available pets, many of which are purebreds. These animals are worthy of and waiting for a forever home so make their holidays bright and adopt, not shop.
To learn more, visit the Puppy Mill Project.