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Rescuing Versus Buying


Every year, dogs around the world are left in shelters while people stop by pet stores and purchase dogs. So many pets are waiting for a forever home in your local animal shelters, and often times it is better to adopt from a shelter than buying from a breeder.

Dogs from stores can cost hundreds more than shelter dogs. When you buy from a breeder without checking their reputation, you could be buying from a puppy mill.

Puppy mills are places where dogs are bred for selling. They are often put through terrible conditions and leave the puppy mills with severe health problems. Some pure breeds are inbred. When people buy puppies from breeders, they could be supporting an industry that encourages animal abuse.

At these puppy mills, puppies are only bred to bring in money. The owners of the mills take in little to no consideration for their well being. Being profitable is their only concern and this is why the conditions are terrible. Puppies are kept in cramped, unsanitary cages and are not able to socialize with their mother or other dogs. This type of environment for the dogs is not ideal, yet people still support them by purchasing dogs. If you do not want to support puppy mills, there is always another option: adopting.

Adopting dogs from shelters are a lot cheaper than buying. Animal shelters are a place where lost or abandoned animals are taken care of. At your local shelter, many dogs are waiting to be adopted and to find their forever home. Shelters also have foster care. Dogs in foster care are the homes where animals are taken in by a family willing to care for them until they find a forever home.

Many people believe shelters only have older dogs. Shelters have plenty of puppies and young dogs waiting to be adopted. The older dogs are often saved from places where they have been abused or abandoned. They are waiting for their forever home.

Overall, dogs are well taken care of in shelters and should be rescued instead of bought. When you adopt from a shelter, you are saving a dog’s life.


Chloe and Lindsay are 8th grade Bloggers in Boca Raton, Florida.

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