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Is it wrong to buy a dog instead of adopting?

Animal right advocates say people who want a dog should adopt instead of purchasing one. Buying dogs from pet stores supports puppy mills, or large commercial dog breeding facilities where animals are often mistreated. Besides, there are millions of dogs in shelters looking for a new home. Some owners want a specific breed and think there's no issue if the dog is purchased responsibly. What do you think? 🐶

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The biggest reason to adopt instead of buying a dog is there are just so many dogs waiting to be adopted. The ASPCA estimates around 670,000 dogs are euthanized each year in shelters. Every dog bought from a store means another dog that will never find a home. 

Many people will go to pet stores instead of finding and researching dog breeders. The problem is pet stores often get their animals from barely regulated commercial breeding facilities—a.k.a. puppy mills—where animals live in horrible and borderline abusive conditions. This leads to sick, mistreated, and traumatized dogs. 

If you’re considering bringing a pet into your home, remember that purchasing from a pet store only helps to further the profits and continued business of mills. Instead, rescue a wonderful animal like these little guys from a shelter and you’ll have a special friend for life who’ll be eternally grateful to you for providing a good home.
Adoption is cheaper than buying a dog from a store or breeder and it supports the community. Shelters need the business to keep things going and adoption helps to free room for shelters to save more animals. It's not right to buy a dog when so many don't have homes.
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Others say there's nothing wrong with buying a dog from a store or breeder. Buying a dog from a store or breeder isn't always ethically wrong. Many owners take the time to do the research and know where their dogs are coming fromand how they're being treated.

The #AdoptDontShop movement is well meaning, but goes too far. There are many good breeders and shops out there and they need the support of responsible owners to stay in business. A good breeder will vet clients before selling a dog to someone. These dogs are much less likely to end up on the street or in a shelter. 

Mike Stewart, Danger and Cooper’s breeder, has placed thousands of dogs with families over the last three decades. None of those dogs has ever ended up in a shelter. He and his wife, Cathy, keep track of every dog they place and have a long waiting list of people for any dog that needs to be surrendered. Keeping up with clients is one of the requirements for responsible breeders.

Adopting dogs has its disadvantages too. Here's what Grayson Schaffer says about shelter dogs:

You generally can’t meet a shelter puppy’s parents—the biggest determinant of a dog’s grown-up personality. You don’t know an adult dog’s history or whether there are latent behavioral problems that could crop up. There’s also the matter of spaying and neutering. Some shelters won’t allow an animal to go home before the operation. This has led to spaying and neutering as young as eight weeks, which can cause developmental problems (PDF) related to hormone deficiencies. 
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