Before I knew any better (back in 1992), I bought my purebred Chow from a pet store in the mall. She was fluffy, adorable, and $400. I couldn't resist.
Unfortunately, I later found out that pet stores that actually care about puppies don't sell them. Why? Because the majority of pet stores selling puppies acquire them from cruel and inhumane puppy mills. Puppy mills are like dog-making factories with the mother dogs spending their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention or quality of life. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are discarded or killed. People who purchase puppies from pet stores or over the Internet without seeing a breeder's home firsthand are often unknowingly supporting this cruel industry. Regretfully, I was one of them.
You can help stop this cycle of cruelty simply by choosing to adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue, or by only purchasing a dog from a responsible breeder who will show you where your puppy was born and raised. And that's not all—you can do even more by refusing to buy pet supplies from any store or website that sells puppies. Where you spend your dollars makes a difference. Make a statement when you shop!
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