You’re walking the section of a flea market where breeders set up and sell the puppies. They are cute and wiggly or maybe sleeping, and it puts a smile on your face and warms your heart. Before you pull out your wallet, think about what you’re doing, first.
Sure, you’ll give this puppy all the love and the best life possible, but what about its mom and dad? Are you going to rescue them, too? The truth is harsh, but when you buy that adorable puppy, you are condemning the parents to a miserable life inside a puppy mill. Just because you’re able and willing to hand over 100’s to 1000’s of dollars for that adorable pooch, doesn’t mean you’re getting the best of the best.
Puppy Mill Costs
Buying that puppy at the flea market or any pet store is providing profit to another large-scale commercial dog breeding operation, aka, puppy mills. These are basically a “factory farm” and the owner’s priority is profit not the welfare of the mom, the dad, and certainly not the puppies. Your puppy, its parents and siblings most likely live in crowded, tiny, wire cages and receive the bare minimum care that keeps them alive.
Rescue Dog Costs
When you get a puppy from the local animal shelter, the first thing you’ll notice is that it won’t cost you 100’s or 1000’s of dollars. The adoption fee is normally around $50 and may go as high as $150. That doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the pooch you choose, though.
That money goes toward what it cost the agency to care for the pooch before you came along. Yes, they put the money upfront to give every dog the best care possible, including vaccinations and other healthcare needs.
How Your Purchase Makes a Difference
Puppy mills can’t stay in business if more and more us will visit the local animal shelters. This will stop this cruelty cycle that you don’t see at the flea market or in pet stores. Adoption saves lives and it also makes room for another fur baby to find that forever home, too.