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Pet stores seem to be on the way out. Just 10 years ago, almost every town had at least one (or more) of these shops, but today, that number is thankfully declining. Still, a large majority of dogs do not come from shelters.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, around 83.3 million dogs are companions in U.S. homes, but only 20 percent of them were adopted from animal shelters.

There is something terribly wrong with this number, especially when you factor in this heartbreaking statistic – that 5,500 healthy and adoptable dogs die every day in shelters across the U.S.

This stat is even higher for certain types of dogs, like pit bulls, whose euthanasia rate is staggeringly high at 93 percent, with 80 percent dying before their second birthday.

We need to erase these statistics and ensure that the animals we call “man’s best friend” (and truly, woman’s best friend as well), are consistently held up to this standard and receive the protection they deserve (and as we know, this goes for other animals too, Green Monsters).

One of the many organizations combating pet store puppies and the proliferation of puppy mills is the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Its campaign, “No Pet Store Puppies,” wants us to know the REAL cost of that dog in the shop window.

Curious? Just hit play on the video below. After, be sure to head on over to the campaign website to take the pledge to protect puppies and dogs, and to learn more about what you can do to end puppy mills. And above all, remember: #AdoptDontShop.

Image source: ASPCA / Fast Co.Create

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4 comments on “What’s the REAL Cost of that Dog in the Pet Store Window? (VIDEO)”

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Sarah Mawer
4 Years Ago

It's not the pet shops that don't treat them right Thomas H. Conrad. Unfortunately buying from a pet shop in turn keeps puppy mills and farms in business and what they do to these puppies/kittens is far from humane. You wouldn't wish those conditions on your worst enemy. Some pet shops claim to get from breeders...These are backyard breeders who treat their animals just as bad and often cross breed these dogs to 'invent' another breed of dog. Often these dogs are real genetic [email protected] ups. We have a group over here called 'Oscars law' trying to shut them down and rescue these animals. It's a very sad situation where as a consumer purchasing these animals we keep theses farm/mills in business. These is a world wide epidemic.

Diane Swisher Roberts
4 Years Ago


Shannon Mills
4 Years Ago

Thomas H. Conrad, you should verify if the Pet Smart adopts out dogs from local shelters or gets their pups from mills. One practice is okay, and the other is deplorable. A simple Google search of "puppy mills" will educate you on "just what the hell is wrong" with them. You will be horrified.

Thomas H. Conrad
4 Years Ago

We have a Pet Smart store near us. They sell different types of animals and fish, and items identified for the particular animal or fish. They are very friendly people who clean and groom animals and treat them very well. They are an asset to the community and are well respected. Now tell me, what the hell is wrong with that? I ask this because it seems you complain about most everything that a majority of people are satisfied with.


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