Are you in the market to get a new puppy? Have you been looking for a puppy that is on sale? After reading this article you might just want to change your mind about buying a puppy that is on sale. Read on to find out why you should never buy one of these puppies.
Have you ever wondered where those cute puppies in pet shops and on the Internet really come from. By looking at them you would think that they must come from places that really love their animals and take great care of them. Well that's not the case. In almost all cases puppies that are sold in pet stores and on the Internet come from puppy mills. The estimate is as high as 95 percent of these animals are puppy mill animals.
In the United States alone authorities believe that there are more than 4,000 puppy mills which produce more than half a million puppies each and every year. And if you think that's bad you should see the conditions that these dogs have to live in until they are bought (unfortunately many die before being bought). Conditions that are so bad that the health of the animal is diminished for life.
I'm pretty sure that you have probably seen a puppy mill on the news after it was raided. You've probably seen how filthy they are. But what you see are usually the ones that won't make the station's viewers sick to their stomachs if they saw the real story. Check out the pictures at the end of the story to get a good idea of what can be found at a puppy mill (I'll try to keep it clean).
It's sad that these dogs have to live this way. All for the notion of making a few bucks on a puppy. The worse part for me is that the breeding stock live their who lives in a cage. Never going out for a walk, or visiting a veterinarian when they are ill or to get their shots. They don't even go out to relieve themselves. Instead, they have to do it in their cage and then sleep in it.
So please, before you decide to buy that cute little puppy that is on sale, read these suggestions and ask yourself if this is this the type of puppy sale you want to support.
- Consider adopting a puppy instead. Many of the shelters and rescue groups have purebred puppies and dogs. Or they can steer you to someone who does have the type of dog you are looking for. This is one of the best ways of combating puppy mills.
- Pet stores often fool their customers. Most pet stores will tell their customers that their puppies come from breeders and not puppy mills. To make absolutely sure ask the pet shop for the name and address of their puppy supplier. A good pet shop will not hesitate to give you this information so that you can contact the breeders yourself.
- Don't fall for the Internet Puppy Sale scam. Anyone can make a great looking web site. The people in the puppy mill business will often hire people to make their web sites using stock images they purchase from various sources. A puppy mill's job is to make money selling puppies. They don't care how they do it.
- If you are buying a dog from a breeder make sure that they allow you to come and meet the puppies and its parents. If they give you excuses to keep you from visiting stay away. That is most certainly a puppy mill. Any reputable breeder would welcome you!
- If you come across a puppy mill while searching for that cute little ball of fur please report them to your local authorities or the Humane Society. US citizens can even report puppy mills to the Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force tip line by calling 1-877-MILL-TIP.