Puppy Mills & Mall Pet Shops

The mother of every puppy sold in a pet store will spend her life in a cage.

Don't buy animals from mall pet stores. They get their puppies from puppy mills.We live in a world of instant gratification, and we’re easily swayed by cuteness. Puppies are cute! Not all puppies maintain that cuteness when they grow up, and many grow a lot bigger than you might anticipate. Are you ready to put as much time into grooming and exercising a dog? Some need more than others.

Whether buying on impulse or if you entered a pet store with the intention of buying on the spot, so many people do not take the time to thoroughly think this decision through and research breeds … OR the pet store itself. Are you ready for a dog? What breed is best suited for your lifestyle? (Try this site for ideas.)

Don't buy from mall pet shops. They get their puppies from puppy mills.Puppy Mill Doublespeak

Don’t fall for puppy mill doublespeak from pet store owners/managers/workers. They will tell you that their puppies come from breeders who are “USDA approved”. There’s no such thing! Pet stores often use this line to give a false sense of security to potential buyers. It really means that they do, in fact, get their puppies from puppy mills.

What is a USDA license?

Having a USDA license only means that they meet the bare minimum standards required to obtain that license. If a breeder is USDA licensed, that means that they sell their puppies to brokers or pet stores. Truly responsible breeders don’t sell their puppies to pet stores; they want to meet their puppy buyers in person, not sell their puppies to the first person who shows up with cash in hand.

My Story

I caved. Twice. I bought a black Pekingese from a mall pet store. A little over a year later, I bought a Shih-tzu / Poodle mix (Shih-poo) from the same store. I discovered my Peke had an upper respiratory infection after bringing him home. That required a trip to a compounding pharmacist to get medicine specially mixed for his size. I discovered my Shih-poo had pneumonia after bringing him home. The vet wanted to use his chest x-rays for teaching because it was classic.

Neither showed any signs of being sick the day I brought them home. Some dogs are clearly sick in the pet store. Medical expense is another thing you have to consider before buying a pet – both the routine and the unexpected.

Today, they are 13 and 12 years old and still full of life and playfulness. However, if I ever get another dog, it won’t be from a pet store.


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