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    Whats you opinion of selling puppies in a shop?

    I'm looking into a business ATM they sell puppies and kittens. I'm unsure of what to do. If we do go for it then the livestock is included.

    They animals are all in the best conditions they can be in, They all comes with papers and are microchipped and wormed flea'd and have first inocculations (sp) if they do stay a bit longer then they do get their second injections too. I've been in petshops where the animals are cramped and cages are messy. This petshop is really on top of things, If the pup or kitten goes to the toilet then its cleaned right away they a have toys in their kennels and are let out for a few hours over the day. I cant really fault it to be honest. I know the animals are a big part of this business and we would enforce a 48 hour cooling period where the owner needs to come back after 48 hours if they want to purchase a animal. We would also offer any help if they cant handle the animal throughout its life and we will do our best to either rehome or help with training.

    Im wanting honest opinions, I know that they are in the best condition possible and that they are well socialised. Can it be done without being seen a bad petshop?

    I know the shop has a fantastic reputation and it sells quite a few puppies but we are toying with the idea of taking the animals out but the shop comes with livestock so it might not be an option straight away.

    Opinions please?

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    Honestly, I refuse to give my business to stores that sell puppies. Some of them take fantastic care of their dogs, but keeping that store in business means keeping the source (mill or byb) in business.

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    I dont boycott petstores that sell pups because of the conditions,k I boycott because of where the pups come from. petstore pups are from BYBs and PuppyMills, and how the store cares for the pups does NOT change where the pups came from and that any store that sells puppies and anyone who buys and petstore pup is supporting these mills. if you want cats and dogs in the shop then can the mills and team up with a local shelter or rescue and instead have an adoption outlet in the store.
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    Yep, agree with above. It doesn't matter if the place looks nice and the animals are getting cared for.

    It's where they come from that matters, and ALL pet store puppies have been bred for the almighty dollar. Meaning, they all came from backyard breeders/puppy mills. No exceptions.

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    I can understand that, in purchasing the shop, you need to deal with the pups and kittens already there. And you don't sound like you are going to keep offering pets, unless through a rescue / adoption. So I don't see you handling the pets which come with the purchase as being an issue.

    As many have said, the issue is the source of the pets. It is their PARENTS who suffer at the mills. As well as the pups on the way TO the pet store. Here is a link to a thread I posted recently about the puppies at our local pet shop.

    http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthread.php?t=137878
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    What this adoption outlet about? I dont actually know what it is.

    Believe me, I have the feeling that if I saw the place she got them from I wouldnt be selling. I learnt not to take everything people say lightly, Unless I was 100% satisfied then I would stop selling. Its not entirely my descion.

    I would be offering the local shelters some help by having boards around the shop with rehoming for animals. I would be advertising for them but unfortunatly they really dont make it easy, I know from experience, My family tried to rehome 3 times before we got my jack russell. I know that was one of the problems I hear from people when I mention rehoming a rescue.

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    What this adoption outlet about? I dont actually know what it is.
    when you have a set up of say 4-5 kennels and have a Local Shelter or Rescue bring a few adoptable animals to the store each day for a few hours. I have seen some stores that do this every day for 3-4 hours and others that the shelter comes in once or twice a week etc... basicly it helps animals find homes, and it doesnt support mills.
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    Petstores are HORRIBLE but i rather them be in a petstore than in puppymills where there is 10 puppies per cage dying everyday. Thats all i have to say.
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    I don't agree with petstores that sell puppies AT ALL!!! Even if the petstore is like a puppy spa I don't agree with where the puppies come from. Buying a puppy is a big responsability. Not like a shirt, where you don't go pick out one that is your favorite color that makes you look best. You pick out a puppy by which one would fit your lifestyle best.

    The puppies can have all their vaccinations and be registered and still be horribly bred dogs. With health issues and problems that turn up later in life that could have been prevented if the breeder had done proper testing and selective breeding. NO responsible breeder would sell puppies to petstores to sell to random people. Responsible breeders want to know exactly who their puppies go to to make sure their have the best possible home.

    In my opinion, you can be supporting your local shelter all you want by putting up signs with adoptable dogs on them, but for every puppy you sell, that's one more shelter dog that didn't get a home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lute
    I don't agree with petstores that sell puppies AT ALL!!! Even if the petstore is like a puppy spa I don't agree with where the puppies come from. Buying a puppy is a big responsability. Not like a shirt, where you don't go pick out one that is your favorite color that makes you look best. You pick out a puppy by which one would fit your lifestyle best.

    The puppies can have all their vaccinations and be registered and still be horribly bred dogs. With health issues and problems that turn up later in life that could have been prevented if the breeder had done proper testing and selective breeding. NO responsible breeder would sell puppies to petstores to sell to random people. Responsible breeders want to know exactly who their puppies go to to make sure their have the best possible home.

    In my opinion, you can be supporting your local shelter all you want by putting up signs with adoptable dogs on them, but for every puppy you sell, that's one more shelter dog that didn't get a home.

    I agree but i rather the puppy be in a petstore than dying in a puppymill. Another thing i always say, NOT everyone qualifies to adopt. Just for the fact that they rent, or dont have a fence yard or even smoke, yeah i heard that one. The dog needs a loving home not a palace. And some people are just judge wrong. I tried every shelter in my city before getting my dog, i would of adopted but the shelters down here are tought. So oh well they lost their chance for being too picky. Again, i am NOT saying every shelter is the same.
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    If you're willing to work with an adoption group and if you let them know how dedicated you are, they will work with you. Adoption groups try to adopt dogs out, not keep them in.

    Adoption groups serve to find homes for unwanted dogs. Pet stores aim to make a profit off living creatures. Which one would you rather support?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giselle
    If you're willing to work with an adoption group and if you let them know how dedicated you are, they will work with you. Adoption groups try to adopt dogs out, not keep them in.

    Adoption groups serve to find homes for unwanted dogs. Pet stores aim to make a profit off living creatures. Which one would you rather support?
    I had NO good ones in m area and i even went off a little and yet no luck because my mom's 2 acre yard was not completly fence in the front for a Yokie and a Maltese both 5 years old that needed a home together. Not only that but like 1 year later after someone else adopted, i saw an add on the classifieds of that person giving them away. If i had them they would of NEVER been giving away like she was doing.. See sometimes rescues make mistakes.
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    It seems to me that the shelters in the US are alot more people friendly that the ones over here.


    To be honest I've looked into the costs and you dont actually make much on a puppy at all, I know people cut corners and dont give the puppy the required health checks but if you do it properly you dont make much at all.

    IF we do decide to sell them then we would only use local breeders, Proper breeders not any puppy mills, We want to get a lot of breeders contact details and have information for people.

    I would prefer for someone to come in to us a buy a puppy thats been checked and brought from a good background rather than someone replying to an add on the internet and having an ill puppy, I know not everyone does research into getting an animal and we would provide help and rules to ensure the dogs best interest is first.

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    there is no such thing as a responsable breeder who will to sell to a petstore, not a single one, by defination selling to a petstore makes them bad breeders. if you cant work with shelters then dont bother with any cats or dogs.
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    Unfortunately, it's true. Not one single reputable breeder will give a puppy to a pet store. You may not be supporting puppy mills, but you would be supporting backyard breeders who, in my book, are just as bad (if not worse) than puppy mills.

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