The Worst Thing You Can Do
The worst thing you can do is BUY a puppy from a pet shop or onlIne, as you may be finding cruel puppy mills. Avoid any breeder who seems to breed for profit. It is hard to tell, as all breeders will claim they are doing it for the love of the breed rather than profit.
Adopting a pet in need of a home is the best thing to do, but if you are going to go to a breeder, see this page to learn how to spot a good breeder.
Buying a puppy makes the problem worse by encouraging people and cruel puppy Mills to breed more puppies for money. If they breed for profit, they do not breed for the welfare of the dog or breed.
Millions of shelter dogs are put to death while millions of newly bred puppies are bought instead. Many of these puppies also end up as rescue pets in shelters.
It is actually better to not have any dog at all than make matters worse by encouraging more breeding by buying a puppy. Pet shop puppies often come from cruel puppy farms. If fewer puppies are bought, then fewer will be bred to meet the demand.
If they can’t sell them, they won’t breed them and there will be less unwanted dogs to put to death.
Image: Starving of dogs used for breeding is common in puppy farms, which supply the majority of pet shops. Dogs do not get veterinary treatment at puppy farms, let alone any affection. Their medical conditions are left to get worse, suffering terribly until they die. Source
Please adopt rescue pets instead of buying from pet shops, as pet shops are often supplied by puppy farms – although shops selling them will always deny this. Puppy farm dogs used for breeding for profit and never see a vet. They have rotten teeth, eye infections, mange, and are malnourished. They are simply used for as long as they can be profitable for. Once they have outlived their usefulness, they are inhumanely killed or left to die.
If you love dogs, please do not contribute to this cruelty. Any money you pay for such puppies means you are paying for the continuation of the cruelty to the breeder dogs.