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 Another PET STORE has opened in Danbury. Stores that sell live animals always leave me feeling angry and with a pit in my stomach. In fact, they bring tears to my eyes. Most often, pet store puppies and kittens start their lives at Puppy Mills or Catteries. Deceptive, the store management will proclaim that this isn't so- that their animals are all from reputable breeders. Few, if any reputable breeders would allow their treasured (and expensive) purebreds to be housed where germs are rampant and ignorant people will be handling them. 

Mills of this kind are still operating nationwide. Caged around the clock, animals live in feces and urine, eat a substandard diet, are riddle with internal and external parasites and receive zero veterinary care. These creatures NEVER roll in the grass, chase a toy or hear, " What a good one you are." Mills hold hundreds of breeding adults and their offspring...a dead pup or two,  a dead litter of kittens are not an issue. "Rescuing" one of these pets only perpetuates this atrocity. I beg you to not even enter such an establishment as this will only serve to keep them in business. 

Pet Stores rely heavily on impulse purchasing. It is hard to resist those sweet faces or your child's pleadings. Recall, however, that the fat check you give them is only the tip of the iceberg. After buying all the supplies you'll need, after vaccinations and spaying/neutering, a veterinarian may inform you that your little one is either sick or genetically flawed. Millions of unwanted domestic mammals (young ones included) are shelter, euthanized, or abandoned annually. Many began life in one of these disgusting facilities.

Please thoroughly research ownership responsibilities before obtaining any animal. Please visit a shelter or a breed specific rescue organization to find your pet.  Please Google ' Puppy Mills' and see these horrors yourself, and please don't be swayed by a salesperson. Finally, please, NEVER set foot in a store that sells animals.

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Liz Hoffmann, Executive Coach October 10, 2012 at 05:49 PM
These horrific "stores" pop up around the Holiday time to take advantage of Holiday impulse spending. Sadly, people do get a store bought puppy on impulse only to find out that it is a sick puppy mill puppy, that the care and vet bills are a ten plus year commitment, and that had they gone to a rescue organization, they would have been saving a life. Getting a dog or cat is NOT an impulse decision, but a life-long commitment that once you decide to make - is a wonderful, wonderful addition to the family. Consider it carefully and then ADOPT!!!
KerriAnn Hofer October 10, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Yes, Rob, there ARE decent breeders out there -- but they seldom, if ever, sell to puppy stores. Good breeders interview the families their puppies will grow up with (just as good rescues do)... Thanks for adopting!
Margaret Callahan October 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
It sounds like you can have hundreds of dogs and puppies in a building full of cages and if you have no "citations" you're deemed "a reputable breeder." Therein lies the problem... Because my image of breeder looks nothing like the photo above. So sad.
Rob Gianazza October 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Sorry, but I just got this vision from the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians. In the movie they all seemed quite happy until they were kidnapped. Even then they didn't appear to be living in squalor. Awareness is the key. Good breeders and good shops deal in a reputable manner. It's a shame we all don't operate this way. BTW, if we remove the movie magic, there's no way all those dogs could have been properly cared for in a small British apartment.
Traci T Weber October 11, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Adopt don't buy!!


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