A lot of people are unaware that you can find a purebred dog at the local animal shelter, humane society, or dog pound. Thank you, RescueGroups, for all you do for the animals. More recently, Petfinder also asked us to stop updating pets via the Petfinder web site on behalf of our non-profit partners. We are supported by the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, TEAM (the local non-profit associated with the shelter), and PetSmart.
But since some people do breed responsibly and take good care of their dogs, I know dog breeding isn’t always a bad thing. In a study of 341 adults who were allergic to cats or dogs and had been advised by their physicians to give up their pets, only one out of five did.
You may also find that puppies from rescue organizations are in better health than puppies straight from pet stores, because the rescues have gotten them veterinarian care and fostered them through any health problems they may have had. We find it very sad that Petfinder would take this position previously, now or ever as it only serves to hurt the animals that we are all trying to help.
Even if a pet store says the puppies available don’t come from a puppy mill; 99% of the time they do; no reputable breeder would put their puppies in a pet store to be caged all day. They have to show no aggression to people or to other animals and have no bite …