Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog the Change

   There are many causes in the pet rescue community that can often seem so unattainable. It can become so overwhelming when you think about the many animals that are in desperate need of our help.

Yet to think that one simple decision can help take a step towered ending the pain and suffering of an animal seems unimaginable.

This decision requires no donations no volunteer time no real effort.

Say no to purchasing a pet from a pet store.

   What could seem simpler. But day after day people walk into pet stores and purchase a dog or a cat or another animal despite the explosive overpopulation of animals in shelters across the nation.
Now the latest trend is designer dogs, pure breeds and new exclusive breed mixes.
What makes a dog sitting in a window a designer pet but that same dog months later in a shelter cage is disposable, unwanted and not worth saving?

Every time someone purchases an animal from a pet store they are directly contributing to the dark and cruel puppy mill industry.
The term puppy mill is no longer obscure. People have been exposed through different ways to the reality that dogs from pet stores 90% of the time come from puppy mills.

Puppy mills are thriving and animal shelters are struggling to stay open.
As long as there is a demand for these store bought puppies there will be a puppy mill operating successfully at the expense of the life and well being of an animal.
Puppies from puppy mills are born to mothers that are bred beyond their physical limit. They are forced to produce litters over and over until their bodies can no longer handle it. Their puppies are ripped from them to be sold and they rarely receive any comfort.
They live in wire bottom cages that produce many health conditions and discomfort and are often full of disease and parasites. If they incur any injuries they almost never see any medical help.

That cute puppy in the window came from a place that has feces piling high and a constant stench of disease and waste. The dogs go literally crazy from the constant imprisonment and isolation. And your purchase is what funds that place.

Even if your pet store claims the dogs come from a reputable breeder why are we bringing more animals into a world where everyday thousands of dogs are euthanized because they have no home and there is no more room for them in the shelter.

There are so many wonderful dogs and pets waiting to be adopted right now. They are not disposable or worthless that are not second hand or unwanted. If you make the decision that you want to open your home to a pet please adopt never ever buy from a pet store.

Your decision can take us one step closer to putting puppy mills out of business.

Thats how you and I can be the change for animals.


  1. Another "Say no to Puppies from Pet Stores" post! Yay - there are so many of spreading the same message today - I hope we all get heard!!
    Thanks for Blogging the Change for animals!

  2. Thank you for the comment and it's so great to see everyone coming together to post about what causes we hold close to our hearts

  3. Woo hoo! Simple and straight to the point. Thanks for spreading the word!

  4. I so agree! Laws to protect the animals - when it gets passed - are being gutted by Missouri and Pennsylvania legislators. The best way to put puppy mills out of business is to put an end to the demand for puppies. Great post, and thanks for blogging the change!

    Amy from and

  5. Amy I loved your page and thank you for the comment. My friend recently bought a pet from a pet store (despite the info on adoption being a better option) but you wouldnt believe the sales person told them they had the "money maker" female and that they could just breed her with something "wrinkly" and make back the money they put in. As to add insult to injury

  6. That was a great post and you're right, the simple answer is often the best! Adopt, don't shop!

  7. You're absolutely right! No matter how hard we try, we can't seem to tame the mills...but if there were no demand for them, no business - ?! Great post!

  8. Cindy lus muse thank you for te comments and I loved your post give the animals in need more than lip service should be our new mantra :)
    Brian thank you as well for the comment lookig forward to following up on the progress of the Kathy fund raising

  9. I'm happy to say in my town, no one has dogs and cats for sale in pet stores. One store goes one further by have a kitten from the SPCA in their store for people to see and adopt. My friend found her cat in that store.

  10. Nanny in my area there are still a few pet shops but recently another tried to open and thanks to community protest the owners decided to only sell pet supplies not live animals :)

  11. Thank you for your post - I could not agree more. People need to understand that when they buy a dog from a pet store they are supporting puppy mills. If they really want a pure-breed dog they can check with local breed rescues or visit Petfinder. There are lots of pure breeds in shelters too!

  12. Great, great post! Just say yes to pet adoption! Rescues rock. :)

    And thanks for the follow - following you back now!

  13. I so agree, the days of puppies on sale in shops here are practically over so I've never seen a pup in a shop window, thankfully. Puppy farms are a different thing and as long as greedy people carry on getting away with it and gullible new owners buy them we're stuck. Education, education education I guess! Thank for getting me to think about it. x