The dog breeding business is something that preys off of people’s emotions for cute puppies. But what is life like for the mothers of those puppies that you see in the pet store?
Establishments that breed for profit are called puppy mills.
These dogs are kept in less-than adequate conditions and are bred too often. This over-breeding doesn’t select for temperament or health. These dogs are also not properly socialized which can cause psychological issues with the dogs. Apart from that, this industry is taking away opportunities for shelter dogs to find a home. Shelters are already over-crowed and breeding dogs for profit is irresponsible and cruel.
If everyone were to just say no to buying a dog from a pet store (buying a pure-bred from a reputable and responsible breeder is different from buying from a pet store) then puppy mills would go out of business.
Don’t support pet stores that sell puppies or kittens (kitten mills exits too). Save a life and adopt from your local shelter.