Pet Stores Versus Animal Shelters

If you’ve ever been in the market for a pet, you’ve probably heard this often-repeated chestnut: Whatever you do, adopt from a shelter, never buy from a pet shop.

There are a lot of good reasons why people offer this advice. Pet stores are businesses, and businesses are concerned primarily with making money, and not necessarily the quality of the product they sell. Many pet stores get their animals, primarily their dogs, from horrific “puppy farms,” which are spots of cramped living spaces, unsanitary conditions, and poor or nonexistent socialization. Very few pet shops spay or neuter their pets, and buyers are essentially purchasing a puppy’s papers. Many animals in pet stores have not received proper medical treatment or age-appropriate vaccinations. Potential owners that are determined to buy an animal from a pet store need to examine the animal for any outward signs of poor health.

If all of this is true, why do people still purchase from pet stores? Well for one reason, a pet store is one of the few places you can find a purebred animal. Also, you’re not required to pass any sort of adoption process. You just pay your money and go.

A much better solution is adopting from an animal shelter. Animal shelters require an adoption fee, but most of that fee goes toward feeding and housing animals currently in the shelter. Also, most shelters now include spay/neuter procedures, age-appropriate medications, and other necessities in the adoption fee. Also, animal shelters that have a strong focus on adoption tend to have a program established for socializing the animals in the shelter. This generally results in healthier, happier, and better behaved animals.

Keep in mind that wherever you purchase your pet from, your first stop after the pet joins your family should be the veterinarian, so the animal can get a full checkup, necessary immunizations, and a health record. Come see us!

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