Getting a New Pet

You have lots of choices when it comes to getting a new dog.

  • The Puppy Project
  • Adopting from a shelter
  • Finding a breeder
  • Buying from a pet store
  • Rescue Groups

Each of these options have upsides and downsides. Let’s start off with what we consider your BEST options for buying a purebred dog or adopting a mutt.

The Puppy Project:

In an effort the change the entire industry a group of veterinarians have banded together to create standards for breeders, and to certify breeders who achieve those standards. We believe that this is the BEST way to purchase a purebred puppy. We think this is your best option not only because we believe this will change the entire pet industry for the better, but also because:www.PuppyProject.org

 

  • These breeders have gone through a rigorous certification process
  • Their puppies have been vaccinated and dewormed according the standards set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association
  • Their facilities have been inspected
  • The puppies come with pet insurance ready to activate (no worries for you)
  • The breeders will take back the dog at any time for any reason at no charge to you (except delivery) should you ever have to give up your dog (divorce, changing houses, etc)
  • Every puppy sold through the PuppyProject puts another nail in the coffin of Puppy Mills.

Adopting from a Shelter:

It’s hard to say that this isn’t a good option. Thanks to PetFinder and all the wonderful people who work and volunteer at shelters, hundreds of thousands of dogs have found great homes, and just as many people have found great dogs. The trouble is…. why are there so many dogs in shelters in the first place? Will adopting one dog make a difference? It will, for that dog of course. In fact, you’ll change the world for that dog. So for this reason, we consider adopting from a legitimate shelter to be the BEST option if you don’t mind not getting a purebred dog (although they’re available occasionally as well). We think mutts are the best… and every mutt is truly unique!

Pet Stores:

The worst option of all is buying from a Pet Store. 99% of all puppies sold in Pet Stores come from Puppy Mills. If you don’t know what aPuppyMills Puppy Mill is or why they’re so horrendous, click this link for more information: Puppy Mills. So we urge you NOT to choose this option, as you will be giving your money (and too much of it) to an industry that considers puppies to be commodities and treats them like widgets.

Finding a Breeder:

This is also a dangerous option. Looking online for a breeder is difficult because many pet stores and puppy mills masquerade as family breeders online, with beautiful websites and photos that may be nothing at all like the reality itself. Even if you know someone who got a dog from a “breedAKC Logoer” and that dog is doing fine, you must remember that most dogs who are poorly bred don’t show problems until middle age. So your friends dog may be just fine at 3 years old, but a mess at 7 years old.

Some people may go through the AKC and look for a “Breeder of Merit”. However, the requirement to become a Breeder of Merit are laughable. To become one, a breeder has to fulfill these simple requirements:

  • Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.
  • Earned AKC Conformation, Performance or Companion* event titles on a minimum of 4 dogs from AKC litters they bred/co-bred.
  • Member of an AKC club.
  • Certifies that applicable health screens are performed on your breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are AKC registered.

So you can see that the only requirements have nothing to do with health or good breeding, but more with membership in the AKC.

Rescue Groups:

On the surface this seems like a great idea. In fact, many rescue groups have great dogs needing good homes. However, although the rescue groups do, for the most part, have their hearts in the right places, there is quite a bit of controversy about them. From the PetPlace article about Rescue scams… “Sadly, not all “rescues” you might see on the Internet or advertised in magazines are legitimate. After interacting with scam “rescues” some potential adopters have found themselves left with misrepresented or sick animals, or sometimes no animal at all.”

Just as sadly, many of the dogs in the rescue community are puppy mill dogs that have been sold through pet stores, and later abandoned. And this, again, feeds into the Puppy Mill/Pet Store industry, which you don’t want to do if you love dogs.

Adopting from a Shelter:

It’s hard to say that this isn’t a good option. Thanks to PetFinder and all the wonderful people who work and volunteer at shelters, hundreds of thousands of dogs have found great homes, and just as many people have found great dogs. The trouble is…. why are there so many dogs in shelters in the first place? Will adopting one dog make a difference? It will, for that dog of course. In fact, you’ll change the world for that dog. So for this reason, we consider adopting from a legitimate shelter to be the BEST option if you don’t mind not getting a purebred dog (although they’re available occasionally as well). We think mutts are the best… and every mutt is truly unique!