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Do you know where puppies come from?

Do you know where puppies come from?

Posted 27 November 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 4 Comments

Tags: dogs, pet overpopulation, puppy mills, adopt

There's only one reason you'll ever need to adopt, rather than buy companion animals. And this video is it.

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Forget asking, "How much is that doggy in the window?" You should be asking, "Where did that doggy in the window come from?" Because in many cases, the dogs you see in pet stores or for sale online have come from puppy farms.

dog-puppy-mill.jpgThere, the mother is locked in an empty cell, continually made pregnant, and never given the care, exercise and love that she needs. Her puppies are taken from her to be sold to pet shops or online to unsuspecting families. No animal deserves to be treated like that.

Puppy farms are also contributing to the shocking overpopulation of dogs in Australia, which is leading to tens of thousands of dogs being killed in pounds every year. The decision to adopt rather than support the cycle of abuse, overbreeding and death really is a no-brainer!

If you or your family are thinking about adding a new furry member to your home, you'll need to think seriously about these questions

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  • Are you ready to make a long-term commitment? (Dogs can live to be 15 years old, cats even older!)
  • Will you be able to afford food, health care, safety and toys?
  • Do you have enough time to spend with your new best friend?
  • Is your place big enough for a companion animal?

If you've thought through all that, and decide to go ahead with welcoming a beautiful animal into your home, then here's some tips to get you started

  1. Always adopt! You've seen the video, show it to your family so they know why adopting rather than buying is the right thing to do. You can even take the personal pledge to adopt and not buy.
  2. Head to petrescue.com.au to find the perfect companion for you. They've even got an app!
  3. Consider adopting an older dog. They're usually a lot more chilled and may adapt quicker to new environments.

Have you already saved a life by adopting? Was it a cat or a dog? What's his or her name? Tell me your story in the comments below :)

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Mary6 Mary6 27 November 2012
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When ever I walk past a pet shop window and I see the puppies I feel an overwhelming sense of sadness because of how they got there.
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Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago 28 November 2012
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I want to adopt a new cat soon. I've adopted all my animals and I love saving lives this way.
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Madspeed Madspeed 28 November 2012
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I can't believe how it can even be legal to have puppy farms. In Scandinavia (yes I'm Danish living in Sweden) this is NOT allowed and we don't have these farms.
You will never find dogs or cats in a pet shop. A pet shop here may sell rodents, birds or fish but no dogs or cats. And there is a very big focus on how the animals are kept at the shops - they must have company, plenty of room, toys etc.
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Paws89 Paws89 10 December 2012
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Adopt happy dont buy happy that's my motto!
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