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Puppy mills and dog breeders have got to go

After being found, this dog is shown at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa.

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After being found, this dog is shown at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa.

By: Megan Anderson, Spring Reporter

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Numerous people today care for pets, but everyone gets their pets from different places. People get their pets from shelters, puppy mills or breeders. More people should adopt there pets from shelters because it is the more humane.

Buying dogs from puppy mills are the wrong way to go

If you don’t know, a puppy mill is a big corporation that sells dogs and treats them horribly. According to Pet Finder, at a mill, the dogs and puppies receive little to no veterinary care when they are injured or sick. Furthermore, the dogs are in cramped dirty cages without water or nutrition.

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These puppies are in a the small cages at the puppy mill.

Also according to The Humane Society, there are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States, and only 2,024 are USDA licensed.

In addition, according to ASPCA, the puppies from the puppy mills have myriad health issues, including genetic diseases that may not be apparent until years later like epilepsy, kidney disease, blood and endocrine disorders, eye problems and respiratory disorders. The puppy mills sell the puppies to pet stores.

According to Forbes, buying a puppy from a quality puppy mill is about 900 dollars. Next, a puppy from a good pure breeder can be about 1,500 dollars.

If you get a pure breed dog you will know exactly what you get. Getting a shelter dog you most likely will get a mutt. Having a pure breed dog you will know your dog genetics because you will know the dog parents. Owning a pure breed dog you basically can pick your dream dog. Which sounds great, but it’s not.

In addition, according to Michele Welton’s Honest Advice about dogs, pure breeds can have many health problems. Including, cancer, kidney and liver disease, crippling bones, etc.

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Most German Shepard’s are pure breed to get all the characteristics to be a great police dog.

Lastly, according to Michele Welton’s Honest Advice about dogs, pure breeds are designed to hold tasks that shelter dogs can’t. For example, most pure breeds are use to be a police dog or to herd sheep. Don’t get me wrong pure breeds can be house hold pets, but they aren’t intended to be pets.

Buying dogs from a shelter is the right way to go

There are many dogs today that have no homes and are sitting in a shelter. Buying a dog from a shelter, the dog will be beyond grateful for you.

I have a shelter dog which is a Shih Tzu that my family rescued after they found him in an abandoned basement. We don’t know how long he was down there, but when they found him it looked like he didn’t eat for a long time. I know my dog is grateful for my family because every time I come home he greets me with kisses.

Knowing that I gave a dog who had a horrible life a good life at the end makes me happy. It makes me feel I did something important. According to ASPCA, about 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year. About 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.

Buying a dog from a shelter is averagely 250 dollars or cheaper. Buying a shelter dog is a small price to pay, to make a dog happy.

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Looking for a home, this dog is at a shelter.

According to ASPCA, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).

Lastly, buying a shelter dog you will be saving a life. According to Do Something, only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home. In addition, according to Do Something, homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.

Located in Sewaren, New Jersey, the Woodbridge Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center is open Monday through Saturday with an additional pets for adoption located at Petsmart on St. George Avenue in Woodbridge. Adoption forms can be downloaded from there website.

People should rescue a dog rather than buying from a puppy mill or pure breeder. Rescuing a dog can save a dog life rather than support pure breeders and puppy mills. If more people stop buying from pure breeder and puppy mills than hopefully it would stop.

 

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Megan Anderson, Editor

Megan Anderson is an 16 year old junior at Colonia High School. Anderson swims for her high school team (CHS), for her club team (Devilfish) and for...

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