National Puppy Day – March 23
Celebrate the puppy but remember to ADOPT DON’T SHOP.
That means do not ever buy a puppy from a pet store, from an online breeder, a puppy broker, or from a backyard breeder. Reputable breeders don’t post signs on telephone poles or post ads on Craig’s List.
Pet stores get their dogs from disgusting puppy mills like the infamous Hunte Corporation. What is a puppy mill? Please see previous blogs for an explanation and more information.
If you want a puppy – rescue a puppy from Pima Animal Care Center, Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Pinal County Animal Control, Santa Cruz Humane Society, Cold Wet Noses, and any number of local rescue groups and in Phoenix, the Animal Guardian Network.
Remember, depending on the breed, that cute little puppy will get bigger. Will you love the dog when he or she is 2 year old, 5 years, 9 years old?
Check out the National Puppy Day website for puppy videos, most popular puppy names, and more reasons to ADOPT NOT SHOP. According to this website, “Pet stores that sell puppies are the number one reason that so many puppy mills exists today.”
Tucson Dog Protection has requested two pet stores discontinue selling puppies: Animal Kingdom in the Tucson Mall and Desert Pet located at 4810 E. 22nd Street. Peaceful protests will be held on alternating Saturdays starting March 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This Saturday is Desert Pet. TDP has plenty of signs or bring your own. To get involved, visit this website.
(Photo is courtesy the Humane Society of So. Ariz.)