There is a pet store in Maine who sells puppies.
I am sure you know where this is going.. yes, she gets her puppies from a "USDA commercial breeder". Recently several of the dogs sold there died, the most recent one died from parvo.
There is a group who has been keeping up on this and scheduled a protest in front of the store on this past Saturday. I thought it would be nice to show up and be a part of it - even if I am all kitties all the time.
The store chose not to open for business on the day of the protest. They were under quarantine because of the parvo, so they weren't selling dogs at this point anyway - not that they want you to know that though, the sign on the window said they couldn't sell dogs because of "renovations"
There were about 70 people there. There were a few news people as well.
There was a lot of honking from passers by which was really nice. One guy had "Dixie" play when he honked, he went by twice :) They even got a few woofs
|Photo by Chelsea Thompson, more photos here|
It even made the CBS local news, but unfortunately I can't embed nor link to their version of the story. If you are interested in seeing it you can view it here
Responsible breeders do not sell to pet stores. They want you to see the sires, they want you to know their blood lines. They want you to ask questions, see what is going on, they make you sign a contract and not a bill of sale. They also want to know about you. They want to know the dog (or cat) will be cared for, they want to know that you have the resources and the authority to have a dog (aka not living in an apartment that won't allow dogs) It might feel intrusive if you expect to just go into a store and plunk down money and bring home a dog, but it is the RIGHT way to bring a dog (or cat) into your home. If you can make a decision to get a dog, and then get one on the spot, then you have a puppy (or kitten) mill.
Are there "good" USDA commercial breeding facilities? *shrug* guess it depends on your definition of good. These dogs are kept in cages, they are bred continually, they do not live in a home, do not know anything of the love that you will be bestowing on their offspring. The good ones are fed regularly and have water. The good ones don't stand in their own feces and urine and don't have matted fur. Is that good enough for you? It isn't for me. All dogs (and cats) should be loved. They should be cared for. They should have no less than what you are willing to give their offspring.
if you are looking for a specific type of dog, look to a rescue, check out petfinder.com, or find a reputable breeder. Just looking for a dog, check out your local shelter.