By Noah P. Smith
When searching for a new pet the question always comes up to either adopt or rescue a pet from an animal shelter or to buy a newly bred one. Thanks to new resources like the internet allowing us to see what the actual difference is, adopting a pet will likely be helping 2 animals out of dangerous situations: the one you adopt and the one that can come in for the empty space, and it helps the shelter be able to bring in funds to care for the animals.
Buying a bred pet can actually hurt the pet market as they are way more expensive in the $6,000 dollar range (this includes pet training schools and accessories) vs adopting which can be around $1,000 (including pet insurance a year which costs around $800 a year) saving around 5 thousand dollars on training and personal fees from the breeder. Another huge reason would be helping to end mills, puppy mills are breeding facilities that priories profit over the animal’s wellbeing. This how we got breeds such as the Pug who can’t even breathe out of its nose correctly because of how inbreeding and human selection mutated the animal.
If you are looking for a new pet companion I highly recommend rescuing an animal from an animal shelter over a breeder/mill.