Saturday, February 23, 2008

Puppy Mills

As I research to be better prepared to adopt a rescue dog at the right time, I am finding out a great deal of interesting information - some of it very hard to swallow but all needs to be acknowledged. If you want to know why you shouldn't buy dogs in pet stores - most buy from puppy mills and not home breeders who specialize in a breed or a few breeds and genuinely care for their pets - they aren't just a commodity - take a look here.

You can also find several recent posts by over at mamamusings about her family's recent adoption of a shelter dog and the joy it is already bringing their family.

There are so many purebreds and unique mutts at your local shelter, please consider checking one out before you decide on a new pet - esp. if they are primarily a pet. With a little time, patience, and willingness to drive a few hours, Just go to (click here) and you can find almost any type of dog or cat that interests you. And they will certainly appreciate their new home!

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There's another reason to avoid pet stores for dogs, cats, or really any animals: the up-front cost of an animal should be a tiny fraction of the lifetime cost, or you're neglecting your animals. Those who pay attention to the pet-store "sticker price" are not looking at the big picture, in the same way that folks who pay more attention to the sticker price of major appliances and pay no attention to energy efficiency end up paying a lot more in the long run.

Cold and calculating, I know, but maybe that'll be convincing where decency won't.
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