Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Puppies for Sale
Not long after Halloween, I noticed a sign in a heavily traveled retail area advertising "Puppies for Sale". It appears that all breeds are available, and amazingly just in time for Christmas, too. The company brokering the puppies is apparently renting the location temporarily. Clearly their goal is to secure plenty of holiday sales.
The sad truth is that most puppies sold in such operations come from puppy mills, places that, in my opinion, are the equivalent of canine slavery. Typical puppy mills have horrendous conditions with a primary aim of producing as many puppies as possible. And when the breeding stock no longer whelps in sufficient numbers, they are discarded.
So if you're thinking about adding a new canine family member, please look first at a shelter. They have a variety of puppies, adult dogs, and senior dogs that would make a loving addition to any home. Not only will you save a life, you'll be helping force puppy brokers and puppy mills to find a different line of work.
One that doesn't treat pets like a product.