Even though giving the gift of a puppy is never a good idea during the holidays for many different reasons, if you are determined to, please remember to adopt, not buy. Pet store sales reach their highest peak during the holiday months, and this just means that consumers are continuing to support the sick and inhumane puppy mill industry.
Not only will consumers continue to support the puppy mill industry, but puppies purchased from pet stores are often times unhealthy. Since the profit of a puppy is far more important than the health, puppy mill dogs are kept in unsanitary and harsh conditions.
It is hard to ignore the adorable puppies sitting in the small spaces of the pet store window when you walk by. If you’re like me, you probably feel bad that these puppies are not being taken home to a family when they are likely unhealthy and in need of a loving home. Even so, please fight the urge to purchase from a pet store because this will only bring in more puppies in this very situation, and the cycle will never end.
Laurie Beacham, senior director of ASPCA Strategy & Campaigns explains the importance of not getting sucked into the “cuteness” of the pet sitting in the pet store window. “Many people think they are ‘rescuing’ the cute puppy playing in their local pet store window by purchasing it, but they are actually opening up that cage for another puppy mill puppy,” she said. “Instead, why not give a lovable shelter dog a special gift of a loving home this season? That makes for a win-win holiday for all.”
All pets need a loving home, but supporting the puppy mill industry will only do more bad than good. There are plenty other pets who need rescuing and they can be adopted, where the money will go to a good cause.
ASPCA believes that “consumer action is a critical element in the fight against puppy mills.” Consumers should not do any of their shopping at pet stores that sell puppies, not even for pet supplies. ASPCA has hopes that pet stores will soon stop selling puppies altogether, and will focus their sales on pet supplies. They also continue to encourage pet stores to partner with their local animal shelters to offer adoptable pets in the stores, rather than pets available for purchase from puppy mills.
ASPCA continues to be a part of its national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign to raise awareness of the connection between pet stores and puppy mills. Forty outdoor billboards will be displayed in the Los Angeles area to raise awareness, and billboards in other locations were released earlier in the year. Hopefully people are getting the message.
Do your part, because in the end, it’s about doing the best YOU can do! Each person makes a difference.
For more information about ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies campaign, please visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.
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