By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
Puppies are adorable. Yet, whenever I see them in pet stores, my heart shudders. Their cuteness can lure you in, and that happened to my son. He ran into a pet store and begged me for one of those puppies. I proceeded to lecture him and anyone else within hearing distance on why we will NEVER purchase a dog or cat from a pet store. The owner came by and assured me that her dogs did not come from a puppy mill. When I asked to see the dogs’ papers she shooed me out of her store.
The only time to consider purchasing a pet at a pet store is when they host adoptions from local animal shelters. My local PetSmart and PETCO host adoption weekends.
No Pet Store Puppies
I hope you will join me in pledging that you will NOT shop at any pet store that sells puppies or kittens. This pledge is part of an ASPCA national campaign called No Pet Store Puppies. According to the ASPCA, 78 percent of adults nationwide do not know where puppies in pet stores come from. They are unaware that most dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
The ASPCA also found that nearly 80 percent of adults would not purchase a puppy at a pet store if they knew that pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Since many consumers don’t know the truth, they spend millions of dollars for puppy mill dogs and pet supplies at pet stores across the country.
No Pet Store Puppies raises awareness about puppy mill cruelty and urges consumers to pledge not to shop at pet stores for any items—including food, supplies, or toys—if that store sell puppies. The pledges will be sent to strategically selected pet stores in order to pressure them to stop selling dogs. Additionally, the campaign urges consumers to share their pledge with others via social networking sites. Convincing fellow pet owners not to shop for anything, including puppies, at pet stores that sell dogs is the most effective way to stop the demand for puppy mill dogs.
I signed the pledge, and have never and will never shop at stores for anything if they sell puppies or kittens. To take the pledge click here.
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