In our most recent podcast with Pet Product News editor-in-chief, Carol Boker, the topic of selling pets, particularly dogs, came up in the conversation. While she believes if “done right” it can be OK for store owners and certainly makes buying a dog easy for the consumer, is it ever really right for the dog? I mean, what kind of “good” breeder feels more comfortable about selling their puppies to an anonymous buyer in a pet store? My feeling, is that pet stores should have a rack of cages and invite the local shelter to bring in as many puppies, grown dogs, cats and kittens as they can accommodate. This will still generate the “Oooh” “Ahhh” factor of having cute furry animals in the store but they’ll be facilitating adoptions of unwanted animals rather than contributing to the financial success of back yard breeders and puppy mills which, (and I don’t care what anyone tells you) are the major benefactors of selling puppies in pet stores.
This would still contribute to the store’s profitability by being able to sell supplies, food, etc. And, the store becomes part of the solution for animal overpopulation rather than part of the problem. The dog receives a new forever home, the store makes a couple of bucks, it’s pretty much win-win. What’s the downside? Thoughts?