They keep putting their prices down until they're sold, sooner or later someone will buy them. Pet stores are a perfect environment for sales, a lot of the time it's high pressure and people feel they are 'rescuing' these dogs, when they're really supporting the store, the puppy mills and BYB themselves. They make a profit either way, because the puppymills cut costs by not health testing the parents, keeping them in horrible conditions with little to no food or water, most of the time they even lie about having the puppies vaccinated, then the pet store buys them for next to nothing. Either that or they die from parvo, worms and other illnesses that are rampant in that environment.
They usually do sell them eventually. Most of the time they are moved around from store to store. I bought my first shih tzu at a pet store. She had been there for 6 months, i told my husband she couldn't stay there any longer. They did drop the price, but most of the time if you make an offer on a pet that has been there for a long period of time, they will accept it. We have had a client do this several times, she gets them to the vet and then if she doesn't keep them, she gives them to a family who is searching for that right little pet. Most of the dogs in pet stores do have papers, but they are such a poor breed. It's very sad. My little girl had so many problems, allergies, heart liver and kidney. She lived to be almost 12, but it was just so sad that she had to spend so much time in a cage without the touch of a human who truly cared for her. breaks my heart to see them. i won't even go in a pet store anymore. if i did, my husband would have to buy a farm, because they would all be with us.
Me too therapy mom. I also rescued a puppy from a pet store. Just to give you guys an idea, they were originally asking 950. and as he neared 6 months old, I got him for 150. It was very sad. The poor little guy had been there since he was 5 weeks old ! Felt so sorry for him. People tapping on his "cage" and him never getting any love. And yes...he did have problems though now, 4 years later all are solved and he is a great and loving companion. I was very lucky though. I have known people to buy from that same store where the puppies had such horrible genetic defects that they died before they were 6 months old. I will never again walk into a pet store that sells animals. It breaks my heart, and I too would have them all home with me.
My next door nieghbor bought a boxer from a pet store,and the people down the street from me bought a Golden. Niether dog has any health problems and both are over a year old. I don't think it's all the dogs. I just find it sad to see all those little pups in wire cages ,some for months on end.