That Super Creepy Thing Some Pet Stores Are Doing Behind Your Back

Getting a new family pet can be one of the happiest moments of your life, but when you see that cute little doggy in the pet store window, don't get tempted. What pet stores aren't telling you about is the horrific, creepy place they get them from. When you buy from them, it increases the demand. Check out rescue groups and shelters for purebreds and mixed breeds instead.

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Narrator: See that cute little dog in the pet store window? Chances are it came from a puppy mill, a breeding facility that forces caged, neglected, and often sick dogs to churn out puppy after puppy to be sold for profit. That's how nearly all pet stores work. Meanwhile, millions of wonderful healthy pets end up in animal shelters because of divorce, money trouble, or simply not having a home. Across America, this leads to the killing of one pet every six seconds. That's 10 before the end of this video and more than 9,000 by the end of today.

But with one simple choice, you can help just by deciding to adopt instead of purchase your next pet. Animal shelters are full of amazing pets looking for home. Mixed, pure breed, big or small, puppies to adults, you can find that faithful companion you've always wanted. A fluffy snuggler, your new hiking buddy, or even one that looks good in hats. When you adopt your new best friend, not only are you saving a life, you're taking a stand against puppy mills.

Now, imagine sharing the joy of adopting with your friends. Seeing the smart choice and impact you've made, they adopt their next pets and share with five of their friends who share with five more. Before long, thousands get involved. Pet stores stop selling dogs from puppy mills and even more lives are saved, and all because you chose to adopt. Man's best friend deserves better. They deserve good care, safety, and love from a family of their own. And with your help, we can save them all.

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Thanks for the video, Best Friend Animal Society, who since its founding has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million to 4 million. If you're interested in adopting a pet, you can check some out here. You can also follow them on Twitter. I got the thumbnail image on Flickr by B Rosen, used under a Creative Commons license.


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