Remember… Don’t ever buy a puppy.

By on November 16, 2015

We’ve written about puppy mills, we’ve sponsored a local showing of the film Dog by Dog, which details the money trail leading into and out of puppy mills and government regulators. We also know you’ve heard about mills, read about how to help shut them down and been told over and over, “Adopt, don’t shop.”

Yet, the mills are still all over the Midwest. Nebraska and Iowa are awfully populated with them. As are other states like Missouri, Ohio and Kansas. Still, people buy puppy store pups. And still, puppies are sold online; a trend that goes without the “middle man” that is the pet store. What good is being done by our efforts at raising awareness and supporting those who fight for legislation and education?

A lot of good is being done. But here’s the thing- as much as we write about it, as much as our friends protest peacefully outside pet stores, as much as people push for animal (all kinds of animals) rights all over the world, there are still those who don’t know what a puppy mill is or what they are doing to enable mills to continue growing.

With that said, the ASPCA recently shot out another “Here’s why you shouldn’t ever buy a puppy” article with a nice inforgraphic. Instead of deleting it or filing it with the rest of the articles we see daily, you’ll find the information from it below. We know there are some who aren’t educated about commercial breeders who don’t care about animal welfare, so here’s a reminder. Share it, read it, don’t forget it.

Here’s a tip from the ASPCA article found here:

Please keep in mind that pet adoption is still your best option, even if you are seeking a purebred dog. There are thousands of dogs waiting for good homes at local animal shelters, including purebreds! There are also a number of reputable breed rescue groups passionate about finding great homes for purebred dogs who have been abandoned, abused or surrendered to shelters.

Never buy online, don’t buy from a pet store. It’s simple. And when you or someone you know is wanting to add a companion to the family, adopt.

About Eric Forrest

Eric Forrest is a student, teacher, writer and dad. He's had 5 dogs, 4 cats, two ducks and a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health. When he's not writing about pets, he's writing essays, teaching literature, changing diapers and reading short stories.

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