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With so many cities banning the sale of puppies in pet stores, we are headed in the right direction to end puppy mills. Yet, not all humans understand these new laws. Some seem to think that banning retail sales of puppies will hurt reputable breeders too. But this is a misunderstanding because reputable breeders would never sell puppies in a pet store. Here are a few reasons why.
A Good Breeder Will Want to Meet the Adopters
Like a rescue, reputable breeders should care about where their dogs go. If they sell their dogs to a pet store, then they’ll have no idea where the dogs end up. They won’t get to see the puppies go off to their forever homes, which should be a heartwarming moment. So, the only reason a breeder would be okay with selling the puppies to another business is if they don’t truly care about the puppies’ well-beings.
Pet Stores Sell Multiple Breeds at Once
Pet stores might claim to get their puppies from a good breeder, but it’s usually a lie. Reputable breeders specialize in one breed at a time, possibly two on a rare occasion. That way, they can be highly educated in the breed and provide accurate advice to the people buying the puppies. Puppy stores lack specific information about breeds since they have so many in their care. A reputable breeder wouldn’t want their puppies going to someone who doesn’t know all the facts about the dogs.
Reputable Breeders Will Let You Meet the Puppy’s Parents and See the Breeding Location
The most important distinction between a reputable breeder and a puppy mill is that breeders are happy to show you where the puppy was bred and who the parents are. At a pet store, it’s hard to show you those things, and they’ll often come up with excuses as to why you can’t see those things. If you can’t meet the puppy’s mom, walk away. A good breeder will want you to trust them, and selling to a pet store isn’t the way to do it.
So, reputable breeders never sell to pet stores. Why? Because a good breeder would know not to put their dogs in those situations. Even if a breeder cares for their dogs more than your typical puppy mill, they are still putting puppies at risk by sending them to a puppy store. So, as I’ve said many times before, please avoid shopping at a puppy store. Hopefully, these horrible puppy sales will be banned everywhere soon to cut off puppy mill suppliers.
Of course, I strongly believe that rescue dogs should be everyone’s first choice. But if someone is going to go to a breeder, I’d much rather they do it responsibly than go to a pet store or any other puppy mill supplier. Humans can claim they love dogs all they want, but one of the biggest parts of loving dogs is making sure you’re not supporting any inhumane businesses when you bring a new dog home.
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