The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona posted an article this week having to do with a scam involving puppy adoption. They are “cautioning consumers to watch out for classified ads offering purebred puppies for free or at prices that seem too good to be true.”
Regardless of how the scam works, we at Dawg House continue to support and advocate the adoption of animals from shelters and rescue organizations rather than from an irresponsible breeder.
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Pima Animal Care Center, Petfinder, and a bunch of very reputable non-profit adoption and fostering agencies here in Tucson are typically overflowing with animals who desperately need to be adopted into good home.
The BBB is doing a good thing by alerting consumers to watch out for these sorts of scams, but their article does not convey the sort of urgency this message requires. Stray dogs that don’t get adopted are often euthanized. The exploding pet population is in a state of crisis – there are far more pets than could ever hope to find good homes. Breeders prey on the uninformed consumer, and the very practice of dog breeding is often inhumane, leading to genetic health problems and birth defects that breeders will never disclose. Private breeders and pet stores are both guilty of these practices.
Adopting from shelters and fostering agencies is one sure way to help do the right thing when it comes to choosing a pet.
Here are some great resources when it comes time to adopt your new family member from a shelter or rescue organization: