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re: ** Don't buy from pet shops!!! **
By smileychika91
On Thu May 18, 2006 01:53 PM
Removed by pharmadancer (87219) on 2007-03-27 08:49:24 netspeak is not allowed on DDN
awwww it makes me wanna cry i didnt like those web sites.... ima animal luvah and i thhhought that was wrong wrong wrong wonr gown rfngingbgfuibfiffb ok okm ok im don dontnfontofnonfp
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By hotrayb903
On Tue Jun 20, 2006 04:37 PM
Thanks. We (my family) never buy pets at the petshop because they o expensive, we never new about this though.
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By dancerrr
On Wed Jun 21, 2006 04:12 PM
like ihopeudans said, not all pet stores get there animals from mills. my 2-year-old jack russell came from a local pet store and they got her from a private breeder that actually lives right down the street from us. find out where their pets come from before you judge too quickly. i agree with you, but not every pet shop supports that. and shelters are always good!
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By puppies_flyPremium member
On Fri Jun 23, 2006 03:44 PM
^^ dancerrr, the breeder who lives down the street is what is called a "backyard breeder." These are people who in total ignorance breed dogs for purpose of making money. At their best, they have a dog who they think is in good health and a nice temperament (although they will no actually have a vet confirm this, they just assume the dog is ok because it looks that way to them). so they decide to breed their nice dog and sell its nice puppies because they assume that since they like their dog, everyone else will like its puppies. sometimes they may have had friends who casually said they might like a puppy... but those friends dont know anything about dogs either! then the puppies are born-- and nobody buys them. so the breeder still wants their money, so they go sell them to a pet shop, hoping to still make some money from them. Once the dog is at the shop it will be left in a small cage pretty much all day, perhaps with a companion but maybe alone. it will miss all of its vital socialisation time which might have an impact on its adult personality, especially if it isnt bought within a few days. some pet shops even euthanize their dogs once they get too old to sell! A good responsible breeder would never give their dogs to a place like that. Good breeders are not doing it for the money!

At best the puppy you got comes from an entirely clueless breeder, with no genetic or temperamental assurance of inherited disease or bad temper, few to no titled (champion/sports) ancestors, had improper early care, and missed out on its most important socialisation phases in life stuck in the pet shop cage. At worst it came from a new puppy mill! because that is how puppy mills often start-- someone breeds dogs (incorectly) as a backyard breeder, they make some money from it, and keep doing it on a larger scale, and eventually it has become a puppy mill.

How do I know this without ever seeing this breeder? Simply because no reputable breeder would ever sell their puppies to a pet shop! Please get your dog looked at by a vet ASAP (and if the pet shop or breeder reccomends a specific vet to you, RUN don't walk away from that vet and find someone better!). Also since the breeder lives so close to you go over there and check out the parents and the facility, ask if the dogs have titles (NOT just registration papers, but actual competitive titles) and what health tests have been preformed by veterinarians prior to breeding, whayt qualifies these people to breed dogs (how do they know what they are doing?), what they do to ensure the safety and health of the dogs and puppies, why they sold them to a pet shop where anyone (including convicted animal abusers) could walk in and buy it, and why they breed dogs (any answer other than "to improve the breed" is a major red flag!).
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By Buggs
On Wed Jun 28, 2006 03:35 PM
i totaly agree. i think that not only are the pets in the shelters more needy, the animal shelter is obligated to tell you everything right/wrong with the pets. the pet stores arent.
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By KrazyKatt14
On Thu Jun 29, 2006 08:24 AM
Removed by pharmadancer (87219) on 2007-03-27 08:51:25 netspeak is not allowed
OMG i cnt believe it! how sad, i kno i may sound sad saying this but u could hear the pain in their cries! i couldn'd finish watchin it, it was too sad!
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By AeroBeachBaby18
On Sun Jul 09, 2006 08:53 PM
My mom has been a dog breeder for 15 years and we breed pure bred maltese and yorkies and all of them are through AKC and we always check out the people before we sell them our puppies and check in with them from time to time to make sure our dogs go to good homes. So far all of the puppies that we have sold have had good homes and have grown up into gorgeous dogs. As far as pet stores go we would NEVER buy from a pet store as alot of the pets that come from pet shops are usually sick or from puppy mills.
By talntdella
On Wed Aug 09, 2006 05:41 AM
i appreciate what your saying about pets shops but thats not all true. my step mom owns a pet pet shop but she dont do all that
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By greybaby2
On Thu Aug 10, 2006 08:39 AM
celtic_fan -

Your budgie is FINE! I have two budgies and one's a chatterbox and the other hardly chirps at all. I think it's just their personality. I've had Natasha (the chirper) for a little over 2 years and Sveta (the quiet one) for just under 2 years. Also, mine like to watch tv, esp. Spongebob Squarepants. Yes, I know it's strange to leave the tv on for birds, but what can I say, I'm a sucker.
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By greybaby2
On Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:54 AM
I didn't watch these videos because I hate to see animals harmed, but I do agree that you should not buy from pet shops. However, I wouldn't go to a breeder because I agree with hylndlas. Both of my dogs came from rescue groups.
If you want a purebred you don't have to go to a breeder as some may think. There are purebred rescue groups out there and you can go to to find adoptable pets in your area. Greyhound rescue groups are probably the most popular and can be found in almost every, if not every state. Which brings me to another point: DON'T GO TO GREYHOUND RACETRACKS!!! While some racing greyhound owners treat their dogs humanely, MANY DON'T!!! From what I've heard Florida is one of the worst states. Please don't take offense if you're from Florida as those reading this most likely don't own a currently racing greyhound and are not in any way responsible for the way they are treated. For those who do read this no matter where you live and own a currently racing greyhound there are exceptions to every rule and if you treat your greyhound appropriately than I am sorry and this post is not meant for you. BUT... if you do own a currently racing greyhound or any animal for that matter and don't treat it correctly and lovingly I don't care if you take offense because you should take better care of your pets!
Also, I know this sounds like a walking, talking greyhound adoption advertisment, but they are unbelievably sweet, playful, and loving, and you'll both become attached very fast - I should know, I have one! I know there not for everyone, but if your considering getting a dog please consider a greyhound you won't regret it - and most importantly, no matter what animal you are looking for, PLEASE at least consider adoption over a breeder and definately over pet shop.

For more info on pet adoption and greyhound adoption you might find these sites useful:

~ (be warned there are graphic pictures)
~ (note the difference from the previous URL)
~ (Canada)

Another site you might also like:

~ (you can click on the purple rectangle once a day to provide FREE food to animals in shelters, it's pretty self explanitory)
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By Kaylea
On Sun Jul 08, 2007 10:13 PM
Those poor animals. I always get mine from the shelter.
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By Felsamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:45 AM
I would feel bad not buying them. I mean, if you dont, then they will just sit in a tiny cage in a pat shop all their life.
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By DancingFreestylemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu Aug 16, 2007 01:51 PM
on the video I got to 12 secs and had to switch it off
I then sad as it seems cried
I cannot think why people would do that I would probably die if that was me in that cage with about 10 other dogs it just kills me to see what is actually going on in the so called real world to cats and dogs!
I dont think cats and dogs should be auctioned that is so wrong and being in that cage would be terible I mean if youre going to keep dogs and cats and breed them at least give them a happy life as they probably had a horrible one before and all they want is love I mean think about it if you didnt have a father a mother youre brothers and sisters all because they were to old to get adopted or to old to breed I mean this doesnt happen to humans if I had it my way I would have all those horrible people put in jail for life.
having had 3 cats in my life I know that all they wont is a safe home we get our cats from rescue centres and and we buy them for only £40 yes I know in the video it says they were cheep or something but the people we brought them of came to our houses while the cat seteled in we still have one of them who is living strong at 8 the other two dies of old age 14&16. this is probably alot of writing but people have to UNDERSTAND THAT ANIMALS ARE NOT TOYS!
kim xxx( animal lover)
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By erdtdancer94
On Tue Aug 21, 2007 07:12 PM
Aww! Now I will NEVER buy a pet from a pet store!
Not that I have any pets right now, the future.
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By ShanniBaby149
On Wed Aug 29, 2007 05:42 PM
This post is heartbreaking, but thank you for bringin it to everyone on DDNs attention.
The pet shops in my area don't sell cats or dogs in the store.
Instead they put up notices on a board where local people/breeders can sell their litters, meaning you have to actually GO to the breeders house to buy your pet.
It's unfair to say that all pet shops are funding money for these puppymills and they should not ALL be penalized as alot of pet stores get their pets from breeders who are most likely registered with KennelKlub(sp?). Unfortunately there is just that percentage of people that have no feelings towards the animals they are breeding and the young that they produce.
I think the whole idea of selling cats and dogs in pet shops is becoming extremely unpopular, thanks to the work of organizations that help to prevent puppymills etc being established.
However, I have one question;
Is this the same for ALL the animals in the pet shops?
As in rabbits/birds/fish/snakes/turtles etc?
I know the rabbits and guinea pigs my local pet shops sell are traded in by locals.
But what about the birds and reptiles and amphibians etc?
Is it the same situation for these animals?

Shanni. x
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By Ozflinger
On Fri Sep 07, 2007 08:58 PM
Edited by Ozflinger (184916) on 2007-09-07 20:59:46
I volunteer at my local RSPCA, and I would NEVER buy an animal from a pet shop! I hate walking past this pet shop in our local mall, the puppies and kittens are displayed in the window and they get sooo stressed by everyone (especially little kids) walking past and banging on the windows! :( Of course I'd love to buy these animals to rescue them, but that would be supporting this cruel practice!

Also remember that many animal shelters often receive guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, rodents, rabbits, goats...pretty much any domestic animal, so there's no reason to buy from a shop. If they don't have any of the animal you want, you can always put your name down to be notifed when a guinea pig/ferret/whatever comes in.
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By Kekoamember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue Oct 30, 2007 02:42 PM
I agree, responsible breeders and rescue shelters are the only way to go!

Our first dog, a Jack Russell Terrier was from a very reputable breeder, parents were AKC registered, the wife actually didn't work and spent her time taking care of the animals, and each female was bred only a few times in her life. However, just because they come from pure-breed, AKC registered parents doesn't mean they'll be perfect. Jay, my dog, is HUGE. Not fat, just really, really tall and big. His feet turn out too much, so he can't be AKC registered. Not that we care at all though, he's a sweetheart and my baby.

We just got another puppy last Saturday, a yorkie. Another very reputable breeder, and a great puppy. We love Lilo to death!

Our two cats were actually rescued from the outdoors. Their mom was a stray, so we took two of the 6 kittens when they were 3 weeks old. We wanted to leave them longer, but their mom kept going away for longer and longer, and there were tons of male cats around. We formula fed them, and minus a health issue related to ingesting chemicals outside, they've been as healthy as can be. It makes it special knowing that I actually saved my cats from a horrible life.

I'd never dream of supporting puppy mills. It breaks my heart that people can be so cruel. I know when I'm on my own someday, I will definitely be getting my animals from shelters.
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By scottdancer94member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Nov 30, 2007 04:13 PM
In our town, we don't have a pet shop. Really a pet shop supply were people post notes they want to sell there pet/s. And since we live in a small town u pretty much no everybody! Bright side of living in a small town.
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By Jennypollock1member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:32 PM
I thought that pet shops are not allowed to sell cats and dogs. Im in scotland. My mum got a dog from a pet shop 22 years ago and she had it for 16 years. It died when i was 3 . We got my dog from the news paper someone wanted her rehoused shes lovely.
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By pokomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sun Feb 10, 2008 07:48 PM
My dog came from a pet shop.

He also came with breeding papers, all his vaccine papers, de-sexing certification from the breeder's vet as well as contact details for the breeder, in case we had any problems. When we got him, we had explained to us that he did have a hernia (a small one, no big deal), was given all the info about it and was told what options we had to deal with it.

He's healthy (ok, He has a bit of an eye for food! So he's a bit tubby) and hasn't been sick once since we got him as a puppy.

I agree. Most pet shops are horrible. I hate seeing puppies in thier cages, etc. But don't judge all of them.
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By nicinoodlemember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sun Jul 20, 2008 12:39 PM
aaaw well i idefinatly wont be getting any mor epets, even thoguh i only have fish now!
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By never_katiemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Feb 07, 2009 04:56 PM
Well said! It's nice to make people aware.
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By KinerEnterprises
On Sat Mar 21, 2009 09:08 PM
Great post! I believe that everyone should adopt their pet from a local animal shelter. There are many wonderful, sweet animals there, who are in need of a good home. Thanks for spreading this very important information!
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By CDAdancerA
On Thu Jul 15, 2010 08:42 PM
I agree and I really don't mean offense for anyone but I think that breeded pets are probably going to live longer and a bit more healthy. Unless its fish because its sorta hard to get breeded fish, just try and go to a good fish store.
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