I was in Atlanta last week on business and ran into a petshop to find a "souvenier" to bring back to Bosco and Lola. When I walked in I saw that one whole wall was full of puppies in little kennels. Of course I just should have walked out but I was drawn to them. They were all soooo adorable and cute but it made me so sad to see them. I have not seen a petstore that sold dogs in years and years. It has really affected me and now I am sad. I also have guilt at not being able to help them. A lot of them had a sign that said "I can't come out and play today" so I wonder if that mean they were sick? Most were just laying their and not even moving. One will probably never find a home because it was a non-stop barker/jumper which I'm sure will turn off most buyers. :(
Is there anything I can do to make myself feel better and help the dogs? I know buying one will just encourage the sellers and breeders so I can't do that...
I was a my local blockbuster and next tho it is a pet shop. I walked in to see a cage of bichon frise pups. They were adorable. 650 dollars( thats how much breeders sale them)!!! And the sad thing is that there was a cage of lab/shepherd mixed pups for 150 dollars...its all so sad to me. I want to take them all home. The little lab mixes were eing ignored while the cute little bischons were hoggn all the attention.
i was recently approached by a pet store looking for my breed of puppies. We only will place our puppies privately-no exceptions. But this person said that they would need between 30-60 puppies a week (I don't think it was a month) to meet their demand-not all from us of course. WOW! Pretty confident. I can't imagine a pet store being able to move that many puppies no matter where they are from. I think with other purchasing options, we may see a decline in pet store sales. Now after the USDA passed a new addition to the animal welfare act, you must possess a USDA license to sell to pet stores, so that rules out people who have a few litters a year or an oops. So now, they are having to look harder for puppies. On the cannot play today thing-they may just be resting the puppy after it had a full day of play or handled too rough before. Pretty sad.
I worked in a pet store here in Augusta for about a month and a half when we first moved here. No choice I needed a job. Anyway they ahd all these dogs in there and yes when they cannot come out their are sick. Surprising that it said that because most places will only take them out for someone seriously interested that says I want that one. Honestly the only way you can help is to educate people and if you can stand it go and play with the ones you see that are hyper like that. Do it as often as you can. They are most likely the dogs that have been there the longest and are going stirr crazy being locked up. Petstores that sell dogs and cats should be outlawed. UGH all puppymill dogs. Poor dogs.
Roxy-wonder how they got the mixes-they cannot be buying from anyone who doesn't have a USDA license-unless it was a breeder who had an oops! Interesting-if the breeder was not licensed, the store could be in a whole lot of trouble!
Not to say that it's ok for a puppymill, but at least they have some sort of regulations that they have to follow. Before this new addition to the law passed, anyone could sell puppies at a pet store regardless of care. The USDA does require vet inspections, etc-but that doesn't always help either.
I'm in Ontario. There is only one chain of petstore near me that sells puppies, and they push the dogs on you. If you are hovering by the glass they will take the dog out to play with you to try and make you want it. Our dog came from there (we didn't know better at the time) we got educated after buying her. And in spending a lot of time talking with the employees the longest they have seen any dog in there is a month. And that was from an employee who had worked there for 3 years. At least in that store the turnover is pretty fast.
You know, what would be ideal is that each store was limited to so many. Then if you'd like to purchase one, you fill out the paperwork and wait 48 hours while they do a background check. At least the person would have to think about it for 48 hours and if they could and will make the committment. It would be nice if all breeders and pet stores sold them on spay and neuter agreements unless arrangements have been made. I know of one breeder that if proof isn't sent by a certain date that the puppy (implanted with a microchip) isn't fixed, they either take them to court or fine them so much $. It's all in the contract and they've done very well with that system. It would be too much for a store to handle, but it's a good idea. I think if a pet store truly cared and wanted to improve it's rep, it could do that and only work with breeders that were willing to talk to customers.
The best thing is to never walk into a pet store to purchase anything as you are supporting them & helping them keep their doors open. I know it's hard to do but it is the best thng to do. Puppymills breed "purebreds" & "mix breeds". There are tons of puppymills out there cranking out pups for profit & no concern of the health or well being of the dogs. The Pet stores actually buy from Brokers who buy from the puppy mills. The brokers sell the puppies to the pet shops. Hunt Corp is one of the largest well known brokers that sells to petshops. If ya can't stop the urge to not go in then at least educate the people that do go in to not buy. Education is the best thing if you can do for them. Good luck! =D
I walked into a pet store yesterday, because I had some spare time waiting for my food at a restaurant, so I had to see the pups... So sad, there were 5 puggles that everyone was cooing at.. 2 chi's (whom I was cooing at) and these two yellow labs who no one was paying attention to. It took all of my will to not just take the money I had to not take one of the pups home.. Its so sad to see them there.
alldogslover, have you tried looking online? i have seen ads from companies, manufacturers, what have you, that make stickers. i want to make a sticker myself, albeit for something different(yet just as political lol), so i'll have a look see and tell you what i come up with. *oh boy, there are so many, i won't bother linking them here. i just typed in "make own bumper sticker" and got a jillion hits.
also, i didn't want to start a new thread cuz it's too depressing, but anyone have any ideas what happens to all the pet shop pups that don't get bought? do they get sent back to the mill, or wherever, and become breeders themselves???
***Edited By: bessieloubop on 2/21/2005 8:25:33 PM*** Reason: added
I was in my pet store today. The same one I went in a month ago. Last time I was there, someone asked to see the basset hound. When they took it out I noticed it didn't walk well. It was on carpet and could barely hold itself up. And this was quite an old pup. I was so mad. They keep the pups in 3 x 2 foot cages. They each get one toy. So, today they took out a Bichon Frise / Poodle mix (they labled the "breed" as Cantel) Whne they took it out it could barely walk. My mom asked if they ever take them out, and the lady said they get a half hour before and after the store hours. So I sat there and pet the "Cantel" for as long as possible hopeing that it would get a little exercise out of it. It's all so sad... 800 dollars for that mix.
Also, the lady said that the puppies are only kept for a month, and if they are not sold, they are sent back. Some how I jsut don't believe that.
***Edited By: Trevor on 2/21/2005 8:36:16 PM*** Reason: adding!
THis past weekend I went into a petshop at the mall. I went in there and go straight to the puppies on the wall. I see this Grey white Siberian Husky and ask the sale rep how much?? She told me he is $675. I was shocked?? How do they get their price I ask her?/ She said that is what she is told by the manager. Ok $675 for a puppy that you don't know anything about. Sure he was a cute puppy isn't all siberian husky cute anyways??? hehehhe So i went walking around the mall and eat something all in all it was only 2 hours before I find myself back in the pet store. THis time the husky was gone. I ask the rep where it was at, she told me she sold it. $675 for a husky that's been here how long?? Man that is a shocker to me. She ask me if i'm interested in buying one?? I said NO, I was just inquring because I recently have a litter of 5 puppies. Pure breed siberian huskies. I just want to know how much siberian huskies go for nowadays. She then grab the manager to come talk to me. The manager ask if I would sell those puppies to them. Looking at the wall of puppies. I said NO thank you, you can't afford my puppies. SHe asked how much?? I said since you sold that one for $675, mine would cost her $1500 each with the conditions that they can show proof to me that their buyers have a big yard that is siberian husky proof meaning that they have wire fence as huskies can eat through wood fence like butter. THey are very socialble also from week one, they are around my family. I breed them to run and pull. So they be getting a well rounded puppy. $1500 for all the TLC that this puppy will give the new owner.. that is a bargain for it only cost them $100 per year for 15 years... but again I told her that I can't see myself selling to them no way because I can't imagine or seeing my babies locked up in a 2x3' cage all day and night...they need to be in a nice warm bed with me...
I have not been to a pet store that has dogs or cats for years. I am not sure there are any around here. Thats a good thing. But about 13 years ago, when I did not know better, I bought a Smoyed Shepard for $85.00. She was the first dog I had ever payed for. I was one to always bring mutts home off the street. My mom would post found posters and some times the owners would come others not so we had a dog. My poor mom. Anyway, She was a great dog and lived a long happy life. In the mean time we found another pet store that had pups and kittens looking to buy birds. Well, we walked out with a Dalmation for $50.00. We took her cause she was older than the lab pups there and sooooooo happy to see us. He had mixes too. Not over 6 dogs though. She also was a great dog other than sheding sooo much.We got to talk to him allot since he was the only pet store in town and personally thought he was a great person. People would bring him puppys of all breeds- he would not buy them. He would take them to the vet, get shots and a check up if they were healthy he would sell them for reembersment of vet bill but never over $50.00 . Some kittens came to him and he took them home and fed them till he thought they were big enough and strong enough to go. He would not except animals if he had 10 already. He once told me that he felt bad that he could not insure the animals get fixed and taken to the vet regularly. He also told people up front that if he could not sell the animal before it reached a certain age or wieght for the kennel, he would have to take it to the humane society, everyone just said thats what I will have to do now. I heard a couple myself and it made me sad but most times he sold the dog.