Are you considering adding a puppy to your family in 2019? While we don’t recommend buying animals as Christmas gifts (click here to read why), choosing a new pet together as a family around the holidays is an exciting time. Before you adopt your new pet, remember a dog is a 10-15 year commitment. To put that in perspective, a child is an 18 year commitment at the least. That’s only a three year difference. This is why we say you must take bringing home a new pet just as seriously as bringing home a new baby.
If your family is ready for a new furbaby this Christmas, then please don’t go to pet stores. Some people won’t adopt a shelter dog because they think shelter dogs are defective in some way. Others simply dream of having a certain breed of dog and think all shelter dogs are mixed. What many people don’t realize is that one in four dogs in shelters are purebred dogs.
After Christmas, we see a huge increase in the number of animals we take in. Many of those animals are purebred dogs. These dogs were gifts to friends and family members who were not ready for the responsibility of caring for an animal. If you’re looking for a purebred dog, try your local shelter first or you can start your search on www.petfinder.com. They list purebreds and mixed breeds throughout the U.S. Chances are your dream dog is waiting for you at a shelter.
As you choose your new pet, please keep in mind most puppies found at pet stores and flea markets come from puppy mills. A puppy mill essentially is a large-scale commercial breeding operation. People who operate these will often value profit over the health and well being of the animals. They keep these animals in tiny cages in unsanitary and inhumane conditions. Buying a puppy from a shop only allows the mill to thrive and lets the abuse continue. If you’re certain family is ready for a pet, we have plenty of adoptable dogs and cats that need a loving home.