Saturday, July 21 is No Pet Store Puppies Day! This holiday provides us with a great opportunity to remind friends and family of the issues related to purchasing puppies from pet stores. To celebrate we have have put together a list of reasons why people shouldn't buy puppies from pet shops, but should instead should consider adopting a from a shelter or working directly with a responsible breeder.
1. A Responsible and Ethical Breeder Would Not Send Their Puppies to a Pet Store
Puppies in pet stores are often separated from their mother much earlier than they should be. Pet stores will do this because they know their customers will think younger puppies are cuter and will be more likely to buy them. Responsible breeders will want to keep the puppies until they are closer to 8 weeks old and won't want their puppies to be kept in small cages with such little socialization. Good breeders will also want to meet the owners of their puppies to ensure they are going to the right homes.