Hi! I’m new 😀 I was wondering where the best place to buy animals would be? I know there’s a lot of talk about not buying them from pet stores, but why is that? And what about breeders? Are animal shelters the best bet?
I know all you have a problem with saying “buying” or “purchasing” animals but in today’s society even if you “adopt” from a shelter you are still normally “paying cash” for the animal to “own” the animal. So you can calm down just a bit about word choices here before you scare people away. Just like how we say companion animal instead of pet but generally they mean the same thing as most people treat their pet as a part of the family or a “companion animal”.
Shelters! Breeders are awful, there are millions of animals without homes and they still breed more. Try petfinder.com no matter where you live, they will prob have your area! It lets you search animals and searches through all of your nearby shelters!
Don’t “buy” animals. Animals aren’t products. You don’t own animals, you take care of them. They aren’t non-sentient items, they are sentient beings.
If you buy animals from a store thinking that you’re “saving them” from their tiny store cages, realize that every animal you “purchase” is just paying for 5 or 10 more to be put through the exact same treatment. I know you might feel like it’s doing good to “save” an animal by buying it, but you’ll end up hurting a lot more, you have to make the conscious decision to save an animal that won’t cause more suffering – from a shelter.
Pet stores exploit animals and the shipping of animals is both stressful and dangerous for the animals and cause so many unnecessary deaths. Also, they live in bad conditions although it may not always seem like it. Breeders are complicated. Buying a pet from a breeder means one dog, cat, etc. who won’t be saved from a shelter. If you do buy from a breeder though try to find one with a good reputation because some use puppy mills.