Don’t Buy Puppies During Holidays

During the Christmas season, it is easy to get caught up in the shopping frenzy and make impulse purchases we later regret. Some of those poor consumer choices include buying puppies from pet stores or from websites. Even worse is the scenario where a puppy born in and abused at a puppy mill is purchased impulsively by an uninformed shopper, and after the holidays dumped at an animal shelter where it is later euthanized.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hoping holiday shoppers will think twice, and not purchase puppies from pet stores or online for their families because of the chance those puppies could be from puppy mills where they were neglected or abused. No one who buys a puppy from these outlets wants to be supporting animal cruelty at puppy mills, but they are simply unaware of the sources of the puppies they purchase.

For this reason, the ASPCA is running a No Pet Store Puppies campaign so that more people can be made aware of the connection between some pet stores, online pet shopping, and puppy mills. “The image of an adorable puppy with a red bow is a familiar icon of the holiday season. Unfortunately, chances are that the puppy in your local pet store came from a puppy mill, and shopping for anything at those stores this holiday season only serves to perpetuate animal suffering,”  said Laurie Beacham, an ASPCA campaign manager. (Source:

Their No Pet Store Puppies campaign also includes the publishing of billboard ads on forty billboards in the Los Angeles area.

When shoppers purchase puppies from pet stores and websites, they not only could be unknowingly supporting the puppy mill industry, they also are missing the opportunity to save the life of a puppy at an animal shelter that could be euthanized if not adopted. Millions of adoptable animals are euthanized each year, and some of them could be saved if consumers were more aware. The tragic loss of animal life takes place year round, and is easily preventable if people take the time to inform themselves properly.

If Christmas is supposed to be about giving, then adopting a puppy, dog, or cat from an animal shelter is really the best choice.

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KARLOLINA G.4 years ago

Every year thousands of animals end up abandoned, neglected, abused and relinquished to shelters or animal controls. This does not mean that some animals do not end up in good homes. Some end up in absolutely wonderful homes, but others do actually suffer the consequences of a bad choice. Rescue groups constantly receive calls from individuals who were given pets they never wanted stating they cannot stand having the pet around and want it out of their house immediately. Pets are not gifts because they should be looked at as family members and therefore chosen as one.

Mrs M.
Mrs M.4 years ago

Sad how many adult dogs were killed last week...beautiful, loving creatures died due to lack of cage space and reduced hoilday staff. How sickening this world is.

Wendy G.
Wendy G.4 years ago

Cont'd: were found during the first year of ownership, the contract guaranteed full reimbursement of purchase price and treatment, even if you kept the dog. The most impressive thing about the place was the lengths they went to in order to ensure puppy health and minimize stress. No one was allowed past the door to the puppy area until hands were sanitized. Only afew people were allowed to view puppies at a time. The puppies were not in kennels, but sizable "corrals" allowing plenty of play room. I shese a Golden Retriever. She was about 8wks old. She is healthy and bright-eyed. I am training her search and rescue. She is a quick study. I am also in the proccess of writing a grant to ensure all qualified dogs and their owners can assist in saving lives in future.

Wendy G.
Wendy G.4 years ago

I really have to interject her that we are over-generalizing, and rather hypocritical by villainizing ALL pet stores. I have adopted 2 dogs from shelters, an a total of 7 cats. I have loved them all. While taking care of my father during Advanced Alzheimer's I stumbled upon the reality that individuals with specially trained search and rescue dogs are not compensated in any way for the services they provide during a disaster. Nor are their travel expenses covered. I wondered, especially during the current economical challenges how many excellent S &R dogs were not being used, simply because they couldn't afford the expenses. I did extensive research on area pet shops, and GoldenRetrievers. I found a local store that had excellent ratings, no violations, guaranties and notarized documentation of the puppies parents, and a coupon for a n examination with the vet of my choice. If any adverse conditions, including hip abnormalities

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

thanks for telling the world

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

great advice

dawn walker
Dawn W.4 years ago

Bad enough to buy an animal instead of adopting,and I don't know how people can still be ignorant of puppy mills,but to get one on impulse is just stupid.Are these people adults? How do you buy a puppy on impulse like it's a candy bar at the checkout line? --@Faith Y.- I don't get why anyone would be stuck on getting one particular breed.An animal is an animal,they're all lovable! Some breeds may be better for certain people-small dogs for apts,etc.-but those reasons don't apply to everyone. Quit discriminating and go to a shelter! Plenty of loveable,deserving animals to choose from.

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold4 years ago

The rescue animals are in need of additional love (workers can't give as much as they would like, too many animals) and are ready to give you the unconditional love you deserve. Adopt them, don't buy and give the puppy/kitten mills the money to keep running.