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    Guys, I don’t want to start world war three here… and I probably should not say anything at all.

    I know that there are major issues with MANY backyard breeders and MANY pet shops.

    However not everybody is the same? I have met a couple of pet shop owners who are very responsible with their pets as to what they sell, when, and who they sell to. I also have known what some here would class as “backyard breeders” yet they are very responsible and knowledgeable also, and their dogs always in demand and only go to selected homes.

    Why would we want to alienate somebody who may have shied away from (some) breeder prices and not found anything suitable at the rescues, only to find the love of their life in some other commercial premise.

    Sure there are “horses for courses” and issues that need to be followed up with breeders and pet shops. Don’t forget that there are a lot of purebreds in pounds as well.

    However can we please be a little gentler on somebody who finds their new family member in a pet shop or from a BYB and joins the forum to find out more on how to care for their baby? It is not their fault that pounds are full is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soverencraft View Post
    Guys, I don’t want to start world war three here… and I probably should not say anything at all.

    I know that there are major issues with MANY backyard breeders and MANY pet shops.

    However can we please be a little gentler on somebody who finds their new family member in a pet shop or from a BYB and joins the forum to find out more on how to care for their baby? It is not their fault that pounds are full is it?

    Chris..

    I've not stumbled on any new member that has been treated harshly that just happen to buy their pets from a pet shop or byb, all new members are welcomed & treated fairly, unless they want to become byb or breed irresponsibly ......but cant see many members here that will support future buying from pet shop or from a byb.

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    I'll have to do my home work but I'm pretty sure there are a couple of pet shops that take in rescues from shelters, only charge what the shelter advises and make their profits from selling bedding, toys and food. I'll try to find the info and get back to you.
    Wish there was 1 like that in our town, there are a few and always full of kittens and pups from goodness knows where. One pet shop owner had the cheek to tell a friend that her pure bred pups with no papers or registration were worth more than one from a registered breeder.

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    Regardless of how caring the staff might be a shop is not the right environment for baby animals.

    Puppies usually suffer a slight setback when they go to their new home. Going from breeder to pet shop to new home increases the risk of tummy upsets, exposure to disease and stress.

    Seeing cute little puppies in a pet shop encourages impulse buying. Puppies purchased on impulse are usually the ones that end up in pounds and shelters when they are no longer cute and cuddly, grow too big, or that fluffy coat develops into a neglected nightmare.

    Animal shelters and responsible breeders don't usually sell to impulse buyers. If for some reason the dog must be returned they will take them back. I am yet to meet a pet shop owner prepared to take back a neglected, untrained adult they were happy to sell as a puppy.

    Personally I buy nothing from any shop that sells live animals. I travel a little further to a quality shop that deals only in pet supplies.

    If the only people allowed to sell dogs and puppies were animal shelters and registered breeders the unwanted dog population would be halved in a couple of years.

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    Sorry - pet shops should sell accessories not animals. Dogs or cats or rabbits or rats or fish kept in areas far too small for them is not acceptable - not even short term. There are places now that have rescue dogs in for the afternoon and others who advertise rescue. If you can't find a decent pet dog in rescue, you aren't looking hard enough and if you have specific requirements in a breed then why on earth would you look beyond a registered breeder?

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    Guys yes, I agree, I never said I am supporting the idea... just that a person who turns up with their new found furry babe from a shop is not the one to blame?
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    I agree with the others.
    Pet shops should not sell animals. Food and accessories only, maybe more books, dvds etc-educational materials on diff.breeds, responible pet ownership etc.
    I have never met or heard of a responisble Byb.
    I have also never met, seen or heard of a responsible pet shop owner that is selective in re. to where pups go.

    However, I would not be unkind to anyone who has bought from a pet shop and is a responsible/loving dog owner. I would however try and educate them about the reality of BYBs and Pet shops so that they at least think twice next time they get a dog.

    I have met some nice, BYB/Pet shop dogs and
    I have seen some with huge problems and the new owners regretting buying their new pooch-it's these that end up in animal shelters.

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    I agree the "you're an idiot cause you got a dog from a shop" approach doesn't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soverencraft View Post
    Guys yes, I agree, I never said I am supporting the idea... just that a person who turns up with their new found furry babe from a shop is not the one to blame?
    I can't think of any occasion on this forum when a person was blamed for purchasing a pet shop puppy. Most have been offered help to deal with problems associated with their pup's unfortunate start in life.

    The ideal of course is to educate people before they buy a puppy.

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    I agree that pet shops should not sell animals, but they do and will continue to while there's a profit to be had.
    Definitely not where I would go but this place might be taking a small step towards changing.
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    I don't know any one who has actually been to this out let, so my judgement is I'll just sit on the fence for now.

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