I saw this really cute puppy in the pet store!

It’s believed that up to 90% of pups sold in pet stores come from “puppy mills”. Most of us have heard the term “puppy mill” but few really understand what they are or the risk you take in bringing a pup into your home from one. Those who know would never be able to do it.

In a puppy mill, the dogs are only there to be bred until they can’t be bred anymore, then are disposed of. They get minimal if any vetrinary care, as little food as possible and still keep them able to reproduce, they live in cages, or boxes, and often are never let out to even learn to walk or feel the ground beneath their feet. They get no love, no training, and many slowly lose their minds.

When you buy a pup out of a pet store, you’re likely to be paying a premium price for a pup that’s already sick, has no idea what it means to be part of a family, and often will have to be put down at a young age due to medical or behavioral problems. It’s not the pups fault… they never had a chance. All the love in the world can’t make up for what they were denied, but in the end they will pay the price over and over again.

Although puppy mills are illegal, there are many and the only way to stop the practice is to quit giving them a reason to continue. If no one would buy their pups, they’d close their doors once and for all. They are only in it for the money, so hit them in the pocketbook to let your opinion of them be known.

If you love dogs, and seriously want to buy one, please buy from a reputable breeder or shelter. Search out someone who truly cares about their dogs and is willing to let you see the conditions they live under. Meet the parent dogs to get a feel for their personality and temperament. Ask questions until you’re convinced you’re getting exactly what you want, and that the breeder knows what they’re talking about. If you have any reservations or concerns, move on to a different one. Ask for a vet reference. Ask for proof of puppy shots, health exams, and don’t worry that you might offend. Anyone on the up and up will be glad that you care enough to find out and will give that same consideration to the puppy once you take it home.

If you see puppies in a pet store, say a prayer for them as you keep walking away. Buying here only gives the puppy mill another reason to breed again.

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