Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Why you should adopt … not shop.

We came across a fantastic article from Vancouver Humane Society.  It’s well worth your read and demonstrates why to consider rescues over a “breeders” or pet stores.  

Nowadays, it’s most common for people looking for a new family pet to use online breeders or look for someone selling their dog/puppies on Kijiji, but is approach can be risky.  The internet provides anonymity for backyard breeders and puppy mills, allowing them to avoid accountability for their animals.  If you buy online from unknown source, you’re at risk for being sold a sick and mistreated animal.  

Pet stores have been known to obtain their “stock” from puppy mills and other unacceptable sources where animals may be suffering.  It’s nearly impossible to track down these sources to find out what conditions the animals are raised in.

The way we see it, a pet is part of the family.  They are not property you can buy and sell. For every dog purchased at a pet store or online “breeder”, another dog is left in rescue, waiting for its forever family.  

If you are considering a new pet for your family, be sure to do your research and get your dog from a reputable source.  

If you’re in the mood to adopt, Manitoba Mutts is hosting an Adoption Fair on Sunday, January 15th at Pet Valu on 963 Henderson Hwy from noon to 4:00pm.  Stop by and show your support!

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