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Why You Shouldn't Buy a Puppy from a Pet Store

As animal lovers, it’s easy to get swept up in the idea of "rescuing" a puppy from a pet store. After all, those cute little faces are difficult to resist! However, buying a puppy from a pet store is not the best option for you, and most importantly, for the puppy. In this blog, I’ll break down why you should avoid purchasing a pup from a pet store, and what you can do instead to adopt responsibly.

Health concerns

Pet stores generally get their puppies from puppy mills, brokers, or breeders who prioritize profit over the well-being of the animals. These puppies are bred in poor conditions, without proper medical care or socialization. The result is puppies with a higher risk of heart disease, hip dysplasia, and other health issues that could have dire consequences on your new furry friend's wellbeing in the long run.

Behavioral issues

Puppies that come from pet stores are likely to exhibit behavioral issues that will prove difficult for you as a new owner. Puppies need to be socialized with humans and other animals to develop their sense of trust and attachment, and they don't get that opportunity in pet stores, where they are frequently locked in small cages for long periods. This lack of stimulation leads to a state of anxiety and stress that can result in destructive behavior or difficulties adjusting to life at home.

Supporting puppy mills

Puppy mill breeding is a cruel and inhumane practice that involves keeping dogs in inhumane conditions and exploiting them for profit. Buying a puppy from a pet store not only supports the industry but also perpetuates the cruel cycle of animal cruelty. If you purchase a puppy from a pet store, you are contributing to the continued torture of breeding dogs and their offspring.

The importance responsible breeding and responsible shelters/rescues

Being an animal lover comes with a responsibility to align with ethical and moral values. You can use your passion to make a positive impact by supporting ethical breeders, shelters, or rescues. By making a responsible choice, not only will you be providing a furry friend with a loving home, but you will also be breaking the cycle of animal exploitation.


Believe it or not, you’ll usually pay more—often much more—for a poorly bred pet store puppy than a puppy from a responsible breeder. Add to that the cost of contributing to and perpetuating puppy mills and puppy brokers, it’s a no-brainer to support responsible breeders or shelters/rescues instead.

While pet stores might seem like an easy choice for buying a puppy, it’s essential to understand that the puppy you take home will have a much better chance of leading a healthy and happy life if you choose to adopt from a shelter or an ethical breeder. By choosing ethically, you are also making a statement about your respect and compassion for all animals. Let's be responsible pet owners and avoid contributing to animal cruelty.


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