The Humane Society advocates for adopting dogs over buying from shops whenever you can. Adopting dogs is not only the right thing to do, it's also a lot cheaper. Many shelter dogs are already house trained, spayed and neutered, and vaccinated. Not only does adopting help push back against puppy mills, the benefit is multiplied several times over at the shelter. By adopting a dog, you're able to help other dogs as well.
Overburdened shelters take in millions of stray, abused, and lost animals every year, and by adopting an animal, you’re making room for others. Not only are you giving more animals a second chance, but the cost of your adoption goes directly towards helping those shelters better care for the animals they take in!
Proponents of purebred dogs say the #AdoptDontShop movement is well-meaning, but goes too far. There are legitimate reasons to buy purebred dogs. If someone is simply looking for a pet, they're probably better off adopting from a shelter. But a lot of the time, owners are looking for working dogs with specific temperament and abilities. There's nothing wrong with buying purebred dogs as long as it's done responsibly.
The trainers of service dogs, cattle dogs, hunting dogs, avalanche dogs, search dogs, and drug dogs all rely on careful breeding to produce consistent results. Yes, mixed-breeds can make fine working dogs, but trainers who are about to invest thousands of dollars and hours generally don’t go looking for puppies at random. If you’re the sort of person who’s willing to make a serious time commitment in training a companion animal, a well-bred dog from a working line will almost certainly make the process easier. Readers email us their canine behavior problems every week. A surprising number of these problems arise from the dog exhibiting the instinctual tendencies of its dominant breeds.