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A New Route to Adoption
More pet stores are offering shelter pets for adoption, instead of selling animals from puppy mills and other irresponsible breeding facilities.

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/ma...adoptions.html

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Major U.S. City Now Requires Pet Stores To Only Sell Rescues
Phoenix joins more than 59 cities and counties across the country that have passed similar legislation.

https://www.thedodo.com/city-require...279910651.html


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This is difficult to answer. This has become a big business. Some areas import rescue and shelter dogs, because there is a shortage of dogs to rescue. My area is an importer. The problem is that the rescues absorb all the costs of keeping sterilizing feeding , transportation etc. and the puppy stores make all the profits, up to hundreds of dollars per dog. Little changes as far as rehab and temperament management. Studies need to be done on this to get a better picture.

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This is difficult to answer. This has become a big business. Some areas import rescue and shelter dogs, because there is a shortage of dogs to rescue. My area is an importer. The problem is that the rescues absorb all the costs of keeping sterilizing feeding , transportation etc. and the puppy stores make all the profits, up to hundreds of dollars per dog. Little changes as far as rehab and temperament management. Studies need to be done on this to get a better picture.
I honestly have as big a problem with pet stores selling "rescues" (i.e. "imported mutts") as I so with them selling any other type of dog. If you want to adopt, go to a reputable local shelter or rescue. Don't buy one at a pet store.


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yeah I hear ya there Karen, the only advantage a pet store has is that they are more accessable. Not everyone has rescues near them sometimes. like our area.

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We have stores in our area that do this, the difference is the dogs are not there all the time. They have facilities to house the dogs, but they are only used on the weekends when the rescue societies bring the dogs in for the weekend and they have weekly, weekend adoptathons. People in our area are aware this is how it works and they can go every weekend, meet the animals and talk with the foster parents. The animals usually are not adopted on the spot, they set things up with the rescue facility to do trial stays and the people interested in adopting fill out forms that can be studied by the rescue group to help match people with the right dog. My daughter adopted her dog this way and it has been a wonderful match. I don't know if the pet stores get a cut or not. They really are not involved with the animals at all, other than giving them an area to house the animals. It might be a good will thing, or they may get a small rental space fee. I really don't know.







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yes , im sure there are differences between them all.

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We have stores in our area that do this, the difference is the dogs are not there all the time. They have facilities to house the dogs, but they are only used on the weekends when the rescue societies bring the dogs in for the weekend and they have weekly, weekend adoptathons. People in our area are aware this is how it works and they can go every weekend, meet the animals and talk with the foster parents. The animals usually are not adopted on the spot, they set things up with the rescue facility to do trial stays and the people interested in adopting fill out forms that can be studied by the rescue group to help match people with the right dog. My daughter adopted her dog this way and it has been a wonderful match. I don't know if the pet stores get a cut or not. They really are not involved with the animals at all, other than giving them an area to house the animals. It might be a good will thing, or they may get a small rental space fee. I really don't know.
Some stores in our area do that to. I don't think the stores get ANYTHING out of it except, hopefully, future customers. I have no problem with rescues and shelters who use pet stores as a place to show off their dogs. I have a BIG problem with pet stores selling, i.e. making MONEY off of rescue dogs. The article talked about pet stores SELLING rescue dogs. That is NOT "adoption" in my book.


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I agree Karen.







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There seems to be an advantage to foster parents having a dog so they can give an honest assessment of the dog, which you are less likely to get at a shelter since they care for so many dogs. If the goal is to save puppies lives, are you recycling puppy mill dogs and stray animals, or have you saved a significant number of healthy dogs who have been turned in because the owners just don't want them? I don't know how the overall picture works out. I have not had good luck with shelter animals. The shelter doesn't know the parents of the dogs and my dogs from there never turn out to be what was predicted by the shelter.

My sisters and I had a long relationship with a mall pet shop. We bought at least one dog there and many birds. I NOW assume the dog was from a puppy mill, but that was 1991 and we didn't know about such things then. We had love birds, cockatiels, a gray-cheek parrot (pocket parrot), and peach faced conure and two sun conures. My sisters bought paired birds and they laid eggs and we hand fed them.

Warning: Not for the tender hearted. The pet store owners told us stories about where the exotic birds came from. The pocket parrot didn't have all its toes. Someone would just swoop nets through the forests in South America and dump them in a box for shipment to the US. The birds would go crazy in the boxes and attack each other. They didn't all make it. But enough did to make it financially viable. Sorry. Not much different from a puppy mill.


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The exotic bird trade is deplorable. DH and I went on a holiday to Vancouver Island one year and visited a parrot sanctuary where they rescued parrots people didn't want anymore. I had to leave I was crying so bad. There were hundreds there and I must say, being really well taken care of. They were there for life, not for adoption. The reason I couldn't deal was they would come up to the cage and speak. Some would say hi, some hello, and bend their little heads down for a scratch. There was one with hardly any feathers left, he had been a stress plucker. He was on a stand in a room. While we were talking to one of the ladies he jumped on my shoulder and snuggled into my neck and each time the lady tried to take him he would run to my other shoulder and snuggle in. It absolutely broke my heart. I couldn't see I was crying so hard. The ugly cry. I had to leave, I couldn't handle it. Parrots are a huge commitment. Wild ones should be left in the wild.







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