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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 08:38 AM
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My mom's friend wanted a yorkie STAT but could not wait so he bought a Yorkie-poo for $2,000. The dog lives up to it'd breed name. It poos everywhere. She should have just waited for the real thing. I gave her the names of great breeders but no she had to have it now. It is only a matter of time before she wants us to take the puppy . She has already asked me and mom if we could take the pup for a week or 2 to housebreak him .

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I work part time in a hair salon, and yesterday this girl came in with a chihuahua puppy (that she kept in this little purse/carrier thing) that she had named Armani (...). It was sort of cute, although admittedly chihuahuas kind of creep me out with their big buggy eyes. Anyways, we found out later from her stylist that this puppy was 2 months old, and she got him from a pet store for... $1600. From a PET STORE. I almost choked, and I really had to hold back my desire to tell this girl just where her 1600 dollars went.

So, not a designer breed story, just a story about someone who wanted a pocket pet to carry around and wasted good money on something she probably could have easily adopted from a shelter.


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wasted good money on something she probably could have easily adopted from a shelter.
She could have gotten a wonderful dog at the shelter for $80. A dog that would have been grateful his entire life. Stories like this make my blood boil.
Anyone thinking of buying from a pet store should be forced to spend one day at an animal shelter first. IMHO.
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There is only ONE way I would consider buying from a pet store...don't groan hear me out.

There is a pet store in our area that has cats available from the humane society. These are all kitties, cats that were surrendered, strays etc and have gone through the Humane Society and are up for adoption at that store. They get more exposure and are 90 dollars, with spay/neuter already done. You still have to go through the same adoption process as you would if you physically did it from the Humane Society location. So really it's an extension of the local Humane Society!
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There is only ONE way I would consider buying from a pet store...don't groan hear me out.

There is a pet store in our area that has cats available from the humane society. These are all kitties, cats that were surrendered, strays etc and have gone through the Humane Society and are up for adoption at that store. They get more exposure and are 90 dollars, with spay/neuter already done. You still have to go through the same adoption process as you would if you physically did it from the Humane Society location. So really it's an extension of the local Humane Society!

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Almost every chain pet store (ie petsmart, petco, etc) has a symboitic relationship with a non-profit rescue of some sort. I think it's an excellent PR tool. B/C honestly, what better way to adopt. You know we're already suckers for a pretty face and some purrs / kisses. The volunteer who tends to the cats at my local Petsmart, lets me come back and play with everyone when she's there. Piles of purring kitties and endless play.


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There is only ONE way I would consider buying from a pet store...don't groan hear me out.

There is a pet store in our area that has cats available from the humane society. These are all kitties, cats that were surrendered, strays etc and have gone through the Humane Society and are up for adoption at that store. They get more exposure and are 90 dollars, with spay/neuter already done. You still have to go through the same adoption process as you would if you physically did it from the Humane Society location. So really it's an extension of the local Humane Society!
I wouldn't even consider that a pet shop purchase. It's a legitimate rescue. Lots of good Pet Supply stores offer adoptions. That's totally different than selling pets from puppy mills for profit.


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There is only ONE way I would consider buying from a pet store...don't groan hear me out.

There is a pet store in our area that has cats available from the humane society. These are all kitties, cats that were surrendered, strays etc and have gone through the Humane Society and are up for adoption at that store. They get more exposure and are 90 dollars, with spay/neuter already done. You still have to go through the same adoption process as you would if you physically did it from the Humane Society location. So really it's an extension of the local Humane Society!
I agree, the pet store near me totally switched and now does this too!
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