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The problem is, many "rescues" (not all, for sure, but many) have basically become the new way to make money on dogs. "Adoption fees" of $500 are not adoption fees. That's SELLING dogs.
I have NO problem with the pet stores that allow rescue groups to hold "adoption days" for local rescues. I have as much problem with pet stores selling "rescue" dogs (that are still kept in cramped pet store quarters) as I do with them selling puppy mills dogs.
Petco does not sell dogs of any sort in MA. But they make a LOT of money from people who get dogs (or cats) at adoption days, because they sell discount "packages" of everything one needs when bringing home a new dog. Petsmart does them one better by having their Banfield vet services right there. So people get signed up for "well puppy" care on day one. I, personally would never use Banfield, but I'm sure it's better than nothing!
So I'd urge people to urge pet stores not to sell dogs or cats at all. Allow adoption events and make money on meeting the needs of new pet owners.
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