Pet Adoption & Why You Should Stay Away From Puppy Mills

Things About Pet Adoptions and Puppy Mills

I think we can all agree that adopting a pet is up there with being one the most memorable experiences in a person’s life.  The excitement, the expectations, the promises of love and friendship, a slew of emotions that might have laid dormant, and which, all of a sudden come surging to the surface.

By adopting a pet, you are bringing an animal into your home who will become a member of your family, a friend, a healer and all those wonderful things that animals can be.  As soon as your adopted cat, dog or any other animal you fall in love with enters your home, you will want to ensure that it is well taken care of.  Of course, pet care is a lifelong commitment and there will be times when you will need some help. You will need to take your animal to the vet, you will need to ensure he or she is properly fed, is kept in a safe home and of course is given plenty of love.  There will also be times when a busy schedule might need you to call up the services of a pet sitter, and there are a number of reputable companies able to match you with the right person.

But before all that comes the Pet Adoption.

There are many reasons people adopt pets which we will not go into today but where they adopt them from is important. And this is the main topic of this article.

When it comes to pet adoption, the humane society is the place to be for one simple reason.

Pet Adoption

They save lives.

“Our most important goal is to prevent animals from getting into situations of distress in the first place. We confront the largest national and international problems facing animals, which local shelters don’t have the reach or the resources to take on.”

By adopting your next pet from your local humane society, not only will you offer a loving home to an animal who really needs it, but you will also adopt an animal who is healthy, and who has already received all the required vaccinations.

The humane society provides care and services to thousands of animals on a yearly basis.  These animals are rescued from situations in which their safety is often put in peril. Some of these animals are also abandoned by their previous owners for reasons which we will not go into right now and who are also in dire need of finding loving homes.

One place you should definitely not adopt from is a puppy mill.

The seedy world of puppy mills.

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Puppy mills are “establishments” which exist to breed animals with the sole aim of making money.

They are commercial dog breeding facilities known for cutting corners and maximize profitably.

  • Their breeding method is harsh and inhumane and female dogs will often be bred at every opportunity without allowing any recovery time between litters. After a lifetime of incessant breeding, these animals find themselves completely depleted, both physically and mentally and are therefore killed.
  • Dogs are forced to live in cramped cages with no room to play or exercise. Feeding and water conditions are maintained to decrease costs and as a result, puppies are often malnourished and sick.
  • Most of these puppy mills provide little to no veterinary care to these animals, keep them in poor conditions, often unprotected from the weather (hot, cold, snow, rain)

Here’s an equation that will blow the mind of any fair-minded person:

2 million puppies sold from puppy mills vs 3 million dogs killed in a shelter because of overpopulation.

Yes… You read that right…

Backyard breeders 

By puppy mills standards, backyard breeders may appear like a breath of fresh air, a place where puppies are well treated and thus, safe for adoption. By in large, this is a fair assumption but it is important to point out that just like in puppy mills, females are over bred and sometimes exhibit genetic defects. These breeding facilities exist to make money, are often run by amateurs with no knowledge of proper breeding protocols and limited access to veterinary care.

What should you do next?

For starters, if anything else, do not adopt from puppy mills or backyard breeders. Every year hundreds of thousands of dogs from these places flood the market, to the detriment of reputable shelters and rescue groups. Remember, for puppy mills and backyard breeders, the priority is to make money.

As long as there will be people willing to buy from them, they will continue to breed animals in some of the worse conditions imaginable.

Remember: for every 2 dogs adopted from these places, 3 dogs have to be euthanized in shelters because of overpopulation.

Be a responsible future pet parent. If you’re set on a specific breed which cannot be found at your local reputable shelter or humane society, only consider responsible and reputable breeders who will be willing to show you basic information such as

  • Where do their animals spend their time in?
  • Where they live
  • How is mom
  • Who is their vet
  • Medical records

For more information and tips on finding a responsible breeder, check out the HSUS.org guide.

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