When searching for a new pet, it’s best to know your city’s regulations to ensure that you get a good quality dog. Many states and cities have banned dog breeding, but some of those have no such rules. If you live in a city with dog bans, consider getting a puppy at a shelter. There are many benefits to adopting a dog from a shelter, but beware of the dangers of purchasing one from a pet store.
Most pet stores treat animals as mere inventory, and their care is subpar. Pet store staff will reassure you that they are raised in a humane environment, but if they have never even seen a kennel, they cannot say for sure. The animals are bred in conditions that are detrimental to their health and well-being. Many stores are reselling animals from these ill-treatment facilities, and that means a rotten animal in your home.
If you have a specific location in mind, search online. You can also use PuppyFinder to find a dog for sale near you. There are also numerous online shelters and private breeders that list their animals, so you can make a more informed decision based on your location. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is another excellent source for finding a pet.