(Closed) SPINOFF: People who say "Don't BUY an animal"…

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
572 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

But in the end, if you give an animal a good home you should NEVER be insulted or made to feel guilty for how you aquired the animal. You should be PRAISED for giving that animal the good home it deserved.


I agree with this so much! You deserve to have a wonderful pet/owner bond with whatever animal you make that connection with, wherever you find them.

We bought a pup from a breeder 3+ years ago. We love her so so much. Then 8 months later we got another from the humane society. We love him just the same. They are so spoiled. There is no difference in the two of them, aside from their own personalities. I can’t imagine punishing any animals.

Post # 4
2894 posts
Sugar bee

I wouldn’t buy from a petshop, because I had horror stories happen to me (animals that were sick and died young). I’ve been adopting rescue animals (rats, cats) ever since and I wouldn’t do it otherwise, unless there was a breed I wanted and got it from a certified breeder. 

I can not word how much I hate petshops and how ignorant they are. Ex.: all their rodents usually are in aquarium-like cages, and/or have ceder or pine ripe that is dangerous for them. Yet, they will tell you this is what you need to buy. They can’t even breathe properly. I even saw employees grab a rat by their tail, which is a no-no as well. It disgusts me how they would treat animals as simple merchandise, that can be replaced if they have defaults, just like you would exchange your furniture. 

Post # 5
7445 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Usually animals in shelters are on borrowed time before they will be put to sleep. Breeder’s animals aren’t in a time sensitive situation.


Post # 6
4606 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

In most shelters, unless it’s a no-kill, animals usually only have a few weeks, sometimes a few days, to be adopted before they will be euthanized. Breeder’s usually aren’t like that. 

Post # 7
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Supply and demand. If people stop buying from pet stores, puppy mills will stop churning out puppies (and kittens and whatever other pets) for profit.

Post # 8
2894 posts
Sugar bee

@SakuraBlossomBee:  To me, an animal is an animal, and it breaks my heart to hear humans say that one deserves a home but the other does not.

That’s not the point. The point is, your cute kitties and puppies that you see in the petshop, will be adopted, I have no doubt. But petshops are not your only options. Why do people instantly go to baby animals, from the petshop or from the breeder ? Why can’t you adopt an adult cat/dog/rabbit/whatever ? It’s not that one animal deserve it more, it’s because it’s like people don’t realize they have other options. Sometimes, a puppy or kitty does not correspond to a family’s need – but an adult, already neutered/spayed cat or dog, who has maybe even been trained already, can. 

ETA : true for the time they can spend in a shelter, too. Most shelters don’t have enough space for all the animals they have to take care of. It’s very sad to know so many are put to sleep, not because they were sick or agressive, but because the shelter didn’t have enough space.

Post # 9
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I am thinking about adopting dogs later on in the future, simply because I like the idea of a dog with an established personality etc. Also I like the idea of adoption, I think it is a very worthwhile cause. 


But my parents bought the most adorable lab puppy (not a puppy any more though!) from a very reputable and well-known breeder. She definitely loves her animals and has offered us ongoing support etc. They are happy with Darwin, and he is so adorable. 


I think as long as you are good to an animal, it doesn’t matter where they come from. As long as you love them, that’s what matters.

FYI: selling puppies and kittens in pet shops is very much illegal in the UK so we do not see that practice. Puppy mills etc do exist, but the RSPCA and other organisations are excellent at sniffing them out and putting them out of business. 

Post # 10
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@NauticalDisaster:  we bought a puppy from a breeder specifically because we one, wanted a particular breed and two, wanted a puppy to raise in our own way with no previous experiences or issues to overcome. I support adopting from shelters, but for our first dog together, this is what we wanted. 

Post # 11
2982 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

As someone who owns a purebred from a breeder, I think the answer to your question is pretty obvious. The animal in the shelter does not have a home. He or she is at risk of being put to sleep or (if they’re in a no kill shelter) living out the ENTIRETY of his or her life in a cage. The bred animal from a responsible breeder will not be put to sleep, thrown on the street, stuck in a cage, etc. – it has a home with the breeder, who will make themself responsible for the animal’s well being.

Post # 12
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

While I agree that every pet should be given a home, I will always consider a shelter first simply because those animals may die in a matter of a week or two if they aren’t given a home. The breeder/pet store animal will invariably be adopted and has plenty of life for that to happen. 

Our dog is a purebred Corgi. He is 7, and we found him at a shelter. Were he there just a few more days, he would’ve died. Breaks my heart, because he’s AWESOME.

Post # 13
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  +1

@SouthernGirl:  +1

@NauticalDisaster:  +1

Yep. Animals in pet shops aren’t being euthanized. 

Edit- also, many animals in the shelter originally came from pet stores or backyard breeders. Most reputable breeders thoroughly research potential owners to make sure they are responsible and will care for the dog, and agree to take the dog back if the buyer cannot care for it any longer. Pet stores and most backyard breeders don’t do this, they are just looking to make money off the puppies.




Post # 14
1925 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I see your point, but I’ll echo what others said.  Animals in a shelter are living on borrowed time.  Some have only a few days or a few hours to live.  Breeders don’t have that situation.

We got our dog from a rescue foundation.  She had been saved from a shelter and was living in a boarding facility, and had previous foster homes.  She wasn’t going to be put down, but she was taking resources from the rescue foundation that they could be putting into another dog who was going to get saved from a shelter.  I liked that option because the rescue foundation knew her personality so they knew if we were going to be a good fit for her before we adopted her.  

She’s a pit bull and we wanted to specifically adopt a pit bull because they are the most common dog in animal shelters (at least in LA, where we live).  If the rescue foundation hadn’t saved her, she would have been put down.  If we had gone with a breeder dog, we would have just been adopting a dog that was always going to have a home to begin with.

I also agree with a pp who talked about supply and demand.  Breeders exist because people want to buy dogs.  

EDIT: Many argue that they are first time dog owners so they want an “easy” dog.  I’m a first time dog owner and while my dog has some challenges, she came completely potty trained (although she has had accidents) and she has so much love to offer. 

Post # 15
4524 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We purchased our first dog as a puppy on an impulse buy at the pet store, before we knew they are predominantly funding puppy mills. Last year at work, I was screwing around online and found our 2nd dog at a local animal services. She was about 1-2 and in bad shape, and had already been there 3 weeks. I made the executive decision that we would be adopting her, and she has been the most loving dog ever.

Dog #1 was about $1200, dog #2 was $80. Same breed. We are all about the shelter now!

Post # 16
4371 posts
Honey bee

Because when you buy an animal for the purpose of “saving” it from suffering, you condemn 10 more to take their place.

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