So, you want to share your life with a little bundle of furry joy? Well, don’t we all—I mean, who doesn’t love kittens and puppies? I don’t know about you, but my heart melts every time I see one! But did you know that animals who are sold in pet stores often come from one of the cruelest industries in the world and that each time you buy one, you’re directly supporting cruelty? Here’s how:

1) More than 6 million homeless animals enter U.S. shelters every year, and half are euthanized because, as a result of the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis, there simply aren’t enough homes for them.

sad kittensFor every animal you purchase from a pet store or breeder, a dog or a cat in a shelter loses his or her chance at finding a home—many animals in shelters will never make it out.

2) Buying animals from pet stores directly supports the puppy mill industry and other breeding industries.

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Dogs and cats raised by breeders are rarely given proper care—including basic veterinary care—and they’re often impregnated repeatedly, and treated as nothing more than machinery.

3) Breeders and puppy mills don’t give a damn about the animals they have—they are just in it for the money and are only contributing to the overpopulation crisis.

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4) Because they come from a traumatizing industry, puppies and kittens who are bought from pet stores are often very difficult to socialize and train.

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What’s the solution?

Adopt!

Shelters are full of kittens and puppies of all kinds! Of course, animals of any age make wonderful, loving companions, but if your heart is set on a youngster, you still have the option to adopt one. Adoption gives animals a second chance at life and the opportunity to find happiness and love. adoption collage

Spay and Neuter!

Always spay or neuter your companion animals—this helps to control the overpopulation crisis at the source. spay-cat-overpopulation-crisis

Speak Out!

There are still plenty of people in the world who think that it’s OK not to spay and neuter their little ones, and many still think that it’s OK to breed, too! Be a voice for animals and share why everyone should adopt—no ifs, ands, or buts about it! facebook share button twitter share buttonJuniper Kitten