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Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:12 pm

DH and I are thinking of getting a puppy when we buy a house (not for a bit longer, but still researching breeders) and I came across a few sites I would like to share with everyone who is considering buying a dog or cat from a pet store. Along with pet shops selling animals which aren't de-sexed (adding to the problem of unwanted pets) and promoting impulse buying of pets, they also supports the practise of puppy and kitten farming.

If you want a new pet dog or cat, please consider adopting one from a rescue organisation, of if you have your heart set on a particular breed, from a registered breeder. You will not only save money on vet bills, as animals from puppy and kitten farms are generally in ill health, but you won't be supporting a horrible practice where many dogs and cats are kept in dreadful conditions, with profit being their only consideration.

Here are the websites (although a few are UK websites, it is still relevant to Australia).

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/hopeuk/info.htm

http://www.germanshepherdrescue.co.uk/german-shepherd-puppies-breeders.html - warning - this site contain images which may disturb.

http://www.saynotoanimalsinpetshops.com/

http://www.govegan.com.au/puppies/?p=1

It is only education which is going to stop this abhorrent practice. Please spread the word so this cruel practise can be stamped out. If there is no money to be made, puppy and kitten farming will stop.
 
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:18 pm

Agreed. My dad used to breed dogs and he would never let me buy a dog or any pet for that matter from a Pet shop.
We adopted our cats from the RSCPA, it's such a great option. They come wormed, desexed and ready to go - for around the same price as you pay at the pet stores. Plus there's the satisfaction of knowing you possibly saved their life!

They have a great section on the RSPCA website with piccys and info about the pets they have available, so you can even check them out on line before you go down to your local shelter.
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:35 pm

Yep, I agree too! It's awful!
I feel soo sorry for those poor little animals, it is just so cruel!!! Our pup is pedigree, so we bought him fro a registered breeder. So glad we did too!
 
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:47 pm

Another good site is http://www.dogzonline.com.au

Puppy listings for all recognised breeds from registered breeders :D
 
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Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:57 pm

I agree with adopting from the RSPCA but I'd like to say that we've had a few issues with our kitten that we adopted from there.

He was full of worms from day 1.
He was sneezing from the start and my other cat got sick too after being in contact with him. (Even though they had both had begun their course of immunisations.)

We still love our baby though...
 
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Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:55 am

MoolieMoo wrote:
I agree with adopting from the RSPCA but I'd like to say that we've had a few issues with our kitten that we adopted from there.

He was full of worms from day 1.
He was sneezing from the start and my other cat got sick too after being in contact with him. (Even though they had both had begun their course of immunisations.)

We still love our baby though...


OHHH! I'm so surprised - I never had an issue with my kitty cat, she's healthy as anything... and as a family we adopted several cats from there growing up and never had a problem. Must've just been a one off?? Is he ok now?
 
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:37 am

Pet shops selling animals is a disgusting practice, and should be outlawed immediately! Makes me so angry :x
 
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Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:45 am

EllieGoulet wrote:
Pet shops selling animals is a disgusting practice, and should be outlawed immediately! Makes me so angry :x


I have to say I agree. I am not completely informed on this issue (and don't pretend to be) but I really feel that pet shops should not be allowed to sell animals. They instead could sell food/beds/etc and offer contact details for registered breeders as well as advice on which breeds may be appropriate.

We got our first little pup from a pet shop (I was only 9y.o) however we got our second from a welfare society who rescue condemed dogs from the pound. We paid only $150 (this was a few years ago) and she was desexed and wormed. Although it took a little while for her to settle down she has turned out to be the most beautiful, playful, happy dog ever!! I cannot recommend looking at the RSPCA/welfare/rescue places enough if you are after a new pet.

Thanks for posting this topic kristen!
 
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:46 pm

EllieGoulet wrote:
Pet shops selling animals is a disgusting practice, and should be outlawed immediately! Makes me so angry :x


Ditto!
 
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:29 pm

The people who do that to animals disgust me we got our cat from FH's mum cos she hadn't desexed it so once the kittens were born I took the whole lot inc mum to get desexed and immunised I told them even if I had to pay for it, it was getting done thankfully they put in some money.. I just don't understand some people :evil: ..
 
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Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:59 pm

There is alot of discussion about this happening on a daily basis at the dogzonline forums. http://www.dolforums.com.au
The dol forums aren't just for pedigree dog owners/breeders, they are open to all dog lovers, trainers, soon to be owners, rescuers and anyone who just happens to love dogs.

If you are looking to add a four-legged member to your family and you are happy with a cross-breed as a loved pet, definitely look at rescue groups. They do a brilliant job socialising, temperament testing and homing dogs and cats. They often have puppies available also.

If you are wanting a particular breed, find an ETHICAL and registered breeder. Unfortunately not all registered breeders are ethical and some unscrupulous people do fall through the cracks. The best thing to do is contact breeders and talk to them and try and establish open communication. Google the breed you are interested in, find out what health issues they could have and might need to be tested for then you can ask the breeder all the necessary questions. NEVER buy an animal on impulse no matter how cute it is. I have waiting lists for puppies and I'm not breeding my girl for another 12 months or so as good things come to those who wait. These people are happy to wait as they know that at the end of it, they will have a dog that should be healthy, happy and have predicatable qualities and temperaments.

A decent breeder will be able to answer all questions and should be happy to mentor you and talk to you down the track no matter what your concerns are. They also have to abide by a code of ethics that is upheld by the ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council) so you have recourse against them if you feel you are being treated unethically.
 
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:27 pm

Melly, you are a true animal lover. Kudos to you darl :mrgreen:

Great info Savvy - we found the breeder of our cavs at Dogzonline - very reputable, with only the dogs best interest at heart.
 
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Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:30 pm

Like Savvi said.....Make sure you get a REGISTERED breeder. Not someone just breeding their pet dog for the fun of it in their back yard to make a quick $$$.

I dont care what anyone says its not right to breed your pet in your backyard unless you are a registered breeder and do it the right way.

I used to be a council Ranger and I had the job of putting unwanted animals to sleep. The average was about 20 a week. In cat breeding season it could be as high as 50. And its not just mongrels. We used to put all sorts to sleep. I have held litters of puppies and kittens whilst they have been put to sleep. We used to do a lot with rescue organisations but even they can not take everything.

So please please please. Desex your dog and cat, only buy from registered breeders, never buy from a petshop or out of the news paper/shopping centre notice board etc, and if possible please always buy from a pound/shelter/rescue organisation.

There are so many myths out there about breeding animals it makes me so angry. The one thet drives me bonkers is when people say all animals should have a litter before they are desexed or its great for the kids to see where puppies and kittens come from. Yeah great. I bet its also great to take the kids to the landfill and show them where the unwanted puppies and kittens end up.

Im sorry to lecture but its a passion of mine and if anyone things I go over the top I am quiet happy to take them to the pound to hold the animals whilst the vet sticks the needle in them to put them to sleep.

Rescue groups are great value and you will get a good animal out of them. They will be desexed, vaccinated, wormed, vet checked, microchipped and registered (depending on what state you are in).
 
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:32 pm

My latest kitty (who I found abandoned) is getting de- sexed and microchipped on Thursday!

It's a MUST! I would never keep an animal un desexed.
 
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Re: Before buying a dog or cat from a pet shop - read this!

Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:29 pm

jobean wrote:
Like Savvi said.....Make sure you get a REGISTERED breeder. Not someone just breeding their pet dog for the fun of it in their back yard to make a quick $$$.

I dont care what anyone says its not right to breed your pet in your backyard unless you are a registered breeder and do it the right way.

I used to be a council Ranger and I had the job of putting unwanted animals to sleep. The average was about 20 a week. In cat breeding season it could be as high as 50. And its not just mongrels. We used to put all sorts to sleep. I have held litters of puppies and kittens whilst they have been put to sleep. We used to do a lot with rescue organisations but even they can not take everything.

So please please please. Desex your dog and cat, only buy from registered breeders, never buy from a petshop or out of the news paper/shopping centre notice board etc, and if possible please always buy from a pound/shelter/rescue organisation.

There are so many myths out there about breeding animals it makes me so angry. The one thet drives me bonkers is when people say all animals should have a litter before they are desexed or its great for the kids to see where puppies and kittens come from. Yeah great. I bet its also great to take the kids to the landfill and show them where the unwanted puppies and kittens end up.

Im sorry to lecture but its a passion of mine and if anyone things I go over the top I am quiet happy to take them to the pound to hold the animals whilst the vet sticks the needle in them to put them to sleep.

Rescue groups are great value and you will get a good animal out of them. They will be desexed, vaccinated, wormed, vet checked, microchipped and registered (depending on what state you are in).


I agree with all of this. Before we were clued up on these things, we were looking for a British Shorthair and saw a few online ads for supposed kitties of this breed, but when we looked at them the breeder wasn't registered, the kitten didn't look like it should have and the premises was disgusting. We then did some research and found a great registered breeder, went and met her and saw her kitties, went on the waiting list then eventually got our fur babies with their pedigree certificates etc
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