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    I have a work colleague, who recently lost her dog to old age (had to be euthanized) and she and her family are having a hard time adjusting without a four legged friend around the house. Today she explained to me she had started looking at getting a new dog! i congratulated her and asked where she would be looking at getting their new friend, then she replied "pet shop", immediately i started on her - why when there are so many more dogs out there that need homes? by purchasing a dog from a pet shop you are only helping puppy mills to continue to thrive, pet shop animals usually have so many problems, etc, etc. Her reply was - we looked at a shelter and they were all ugly. I swear, i could of hit her right at that moment! I then explained to her if she wasn't willing to sift through the shelters, how about dogs in need of a new home through the classifieds? Her answer was "could work, but don't most of them have behavioral problems?" I am absolutely dumbfounded at how ignorant she was being! I was wondering what all your thoughts are on the matter? What are your thoughts on shelter animals, Reputable Breeders or Pet shop animals?

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    Show her some of the horrific puppy factory footage on you tube. If she still wants one of these dogs after seeing that then i wouldnt be her friend anymore.

    I dont like going to animal shelters or pounds but only because it breaks my heart i cant take em all. I start thinking about a 'Great Escape' and staying back to fend of the gaurds, sacrificing myself so my little furry mates can live free once again.......


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    If she is dead set against adopting a dog I would talk her into the reputable breed option.
    If you can't save a shelter animal you can at least support a good breeder instead.

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    I would never ever ever buy from a Pet Store. My next dogs will be coming from a reputable breeder. The dogs I currently have were from back yard breeders, so I won't be going there again either lol. Not that my dogs aren't great I just want the piece of mind you should get with buying from a breeder.

    If she had of taken the time to actually get to know the shelter dogs I think her mind may be changed... she really just sounds shallow. I was a volunteer for a while with the RSPCA, and every week I would fall in love with another dog. That (and my lack of free time) is one of the reasons I had to stop going, it was making me too sad to leave all of those beautiful animals behind. Maybe give her some information on puppy mills and show her pictures, it may change her mind about where she buys from.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Such is Life
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    Click on the link in my sig - leads to info on puppy mills and how to choose a responsible breeder or adopt from a shelter.

    reasons not to buy from a pet shop:
    This is what you might be supporting
    - parent dogs are kept in horrific conditions with major health problems.
    - puppies removed from their mother and siblings too young at 6 weeks or younger when they should remain with their parents until 8 to 12 weeks old. This results in puppys that are poorly socialised and do not know how to relate to other dogs. Which can make taking them for a walk difficult when they try to attack every other dog they see.
    - puppies frequently have health problems of their own as most breeders who sell through pet shops do not care about the health and well being of their puppies (or they would not sell there). I know people who have spent squillions at the vet on skeletal problems, organ problems, mouth problems - from badly structured jaws etc. And then there are the behavioural problems.

    I recommend getting your puppy from a shelter or a responsible breeder who backs up their promises in writing.
    In particular if the dog is not working out with its new family they will take it back and find a new home (you might not get a refund but it's better than sending the dog to the pound).

    These links might help:

    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
    RSPCA Australia knowledgebase / Puppies
    Pantone Poodles - Poodle Info - Whats in a Doodle?
    How to choose a shelter puppy
    PetRescue - find your new best friend!

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    Maybe she wants a puppy but doesn't want to spend a whole lot of time looking for one? Perhaps she feels she needs a new dog right now to fill the void from her last dog.

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    My thoughts are you are more likely to get a pet without baggage at a shelter as most places screen any behaviour problems etc. RSPCA for example is very strict (as most on here would know) and put down dogs with escape-issues, aggression with dogs or people issues or significant health issues. Puppy mills often produce these traits by breeding from anything and selling anything that they breed.

    I went to the local RSPCA recently and was so surprised (as I hadn't visited for years) at the number of purebred, good looking, nice dogs that were looking for homes. If I was in the market for a new dog I would easily have taken 3 or 4 homer.

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    I would just like to point out me and this person a work colleagues, and although we do get along nicely at work, we don't associate with eachother outside of work. Because of this i feel like i don't have any right to tell her what to do, but i do think i should at least have a go at educating her or at least informing her of the risks of getting a pup from a pet shop. I myself are in favor of shelter/rescue dogs, i feel these animals are in the most need of finding somewhere to go as a majority do not have the luxury of waiting around for a new home and i also don't like the thought of funding the puppy mill industry. All the dogs i've ever owned have been through shelter/rescues and i have yet to come across one with major behavoural problems. I currently have three cat's which i have adopted through RSPCA and a dog adopted from the pound, my mother also has two dogs, both found through classifieds as animals in need of a new loving home. I also like you sean, had a hard time looking through the shelter as i wanted to take every single one of them home! I think i may show her some footage on youtube of puppy mill conditions, and suggest again to look through classifieds, also if she has problems with going through the shelter because she feels bad (highly unlikely) then i will suggest she just look through the shelter/rescue sites until she finds something she likes. At the end if i can change just one persons thinking i could potentially save another animal from being euthanized for no reason

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    She may well find that a site like Petrescue is more inspiring than a shelter if she is interested in a particular looking dog. I have been to shelters at certain times and found that all the dogs have been very similar looking. They do change day to day yet for someone who doesn't realise that it can set in their mind that all shelter dogs look a certain way.

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