Puppy prep work

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The mission of the Humane Society of the United States (est. 1877) “is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.”

As quoted from its website, (www.stoppuppymills.org), here are five puppy-buying tips:

1. Find a responsible breeder and visit their premises. Never buy puppies without seeing where they and their parents are raised and housed with your own eyes.

2. Don’t be fooled by common claims made by pet stores when pushing their puppies. Despite what they may tell you, pet stores do sell puppy mill puppies.

3. Don’t be swayed by a great website or advertisement. Just because a website says great things about their “home-raised” or “family raised” puppies doesn’t make it true.

4. Consider adoption. Adopting a dog instead of buying one is the surest way to strike a blow against puppy mills.

5. Avoid the temptation to “rescue” a puppy mill puppy by buying him. Even though your intentions may be good, don’t buy a puppy with the idea that you are “rescuing” him or her. Your rescue opens up space for another poor puppy mill puppy and puts money into the pockets of the puppy mill. Pet stores won’t leave their cages empty and websites won’t leave their pages blank.

Please, don’t contribute to the immoral industry of irresponsible dog breeding. Adopt from a shelter or pure-breed rescue group, or buy a puppy from a responsible breeder. And no responsible breeder would ever sell their puppies to a puppy store.

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