Do you “shop” for pets?

My family adopted our dog, Daisy, when I was 10 years old. After nearly a decade of her being a member of our family, we still have no clue what breed she is. This has not stopped her from being my best friend and favorite fetch-playing buddy. When asked what kind of dog she is, we reply with “a rescue.” I never understood the big deal about breeds when each year, according to the ASPCA,approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized in shelters. This brings into question the everlasting debate among pet owners: adoption, pet store or breeder?

People spend unbelievable amounts of money on their preferred breed of animal. The Ashera, a specific hybrid of the African Serval, Asian leopard cat, and domestic house-cat, can be purchased for $15,000 up to a whopping $100,000.

As an aspiring “crazy cat lady” myself, I find it ridiculous that people spend so much money on such a coveted feline when there are 3.4 million in shelters searching for a loving home. I aspire to adopt all of my pets, especially those deemed “unadoptable,” such as old, blind, deaf, hairless, disabled and sick cats. I am a victim to the allure of tiny fluffy kittens, but that sick elderly cat in the corner of the shelter is just as full of love.

When you spend money at a pet store, you directly support the inhumane funding of puppy mills.Almost all dogs in stores are from puppy mills; “responsible breeders would never sell a puppy through a pet store because they want to screen potential buyers to ensure their puppies are going to a good home.” Due to the fact that puppy mills are wildly abusive and unsafe, the ASPCA “encourages everyone to make adoption their first option.

Although I can’t comprehend why some choose to shop for pets rather than rescue them, buying from a breeder does have its advantages. For example, when my grandmother needed a therapy dog, she searched for a purebred Havanese due to their meek demeanor and small size, both of which are effective in helping her. In addition, her small dog is allowed to live with her in her condominium and is well-behaved in public places.

Many breeders are animal lovers with noble intentions, but unknowingly contribute to the problem of pet overpopulation. In order to prevent the use of euthanasia as a solution to overpopulation, pet owners should spay and neuter their pets, as well as adopt.

Adoption saves an animal from abuse, homelessness, and even being killed in a shelter. If you have the chance to adopt a shelter pet, you, as well as your new best friend, will be forever grateful.

Daisy, from puppy to nine-year-old

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