The Controversy Against Puppy Mills and Pet Stores (Three methods to…
The Controversy Against Puppy Mills and Pet Stores
Three methods to obtain a pet dog
Adoption from a shelter
Saving a life, affordable, dog is likely to be vaccinated and healthy
Dogs are not always puppies - older dogs are very common
Purchasing a puppy from a breeder
Puppies are likely to be healthy, puppies are socialized, puppies are likely to be vaccinated and health screened, purebred puppies
Very expensive, not all breeders care for their litters or responsibly breed their dogs.
Purchasing a puppy from a pet store
Easily available, purebred dogs
Dogs are bred in abusive condions
Contributions to a healthy dog that many pet stores neglect
Dogs require a lot of physical and mental stimulation for healthy development.
Social interactions are essentially required for dogs to be friendly around other people/dogs
Dogs need to be groomed, and checked up with a veterinarian constantly.
Dogs need to be vaccinated to prevent disease
Dangers of purchasing a dog from a pet store
Pet stores source dogs from a puppy mill.
Puppy mills irresponsibly breed puppies and neglect their healthy development
Purchasing a puppy from a pet store supports puppy mills
Alternatives to pet stores
People looking for a purebred dog could look to apply to purchase a dog from a breeder.
People who want a more affordable option could look to adopt a dog from a shelter.
The Importance of Pets to People
Pets are companions to people and accompany humans when they are otherwise alone.
It has been shown that dogs and other pets are beneficial for human mental health.
Pets give a sense of community to people.
Community pet-related events
Solutions to Puppy Mills
Encourage people to adopt
Hold adoption events, which increases exposure to the community
Advertise and promote dogs available for adoption on websites.
Legally prohibit puppy mills and/or selling dogs in pet stores
Write statements and letters to state officials suggesting the ban.
Start petitions against selling dogs or other animals in pet stores.
For people looking for specific dog breeds, make breeders more accessible to them
Promote The Puppy Project
Breeders make it known when a litter is planned or currently has puppies.