You should consider adoption instead
By Joseph Astana, Contributor
In the worst-case scenario, people will steal dogs just to sell them to some buyer with a lot of money.
Sometimes people buy animals because they think those animals are cool and they want to have cool things. A lot of the time certain animals become cool after a movie features them or a celebrity owns that type of animal. It’s true that animals are cool but there are better reasons to own pets than that. For instance, it’s better to own a pet because you care about animals and want the companionship they bring. Sadly, some animals become fad accessories that people get just to post on Instagram.
When 101 Dalmatians took off, Dalmatians became the dog to have. Sadly, this puts a lot of pressure on breeders to have more of these dogs and can often fuel a black-market trade for the breeding and purchase of these animals. Many owners also had to give up their dalmatians when they didn’t realize the responsibility it takes to care for them.
In the worst-case scenario, people will steal dogs just to sell them to some buyer with a lot of money. I think most parents want to make their kids happy by buying them the animals they want, but sometimes the purchase contributes to a really bad system that hurts the animals or leads to many animals being abandoned. Even if the new owner takes good care of their stolen pet, stealing a pet from someone else can never be right. If the breeder was cruel or wasn’t properly licensed, then the purchase of this animal might make the breeder want to raise more animals for illegal breeding and that’s not good either.
I think a lot of people want to be good to animals and I think the best way to do it is to adopt animals from shelters; there are a lot of shelter dogs and cats that need homes. Sure, they might not be very glamourous for the gram, but it’s much better to help an animal that really needs a second chance at life than it is to buy one just to look cool.