Where Do Pet Store Puppies and Kittens Come From? - Petfinder

Please, please, PLEASE never purchase a kitten from a pet store!
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My local Petsmart works with the local shelters to help them find homes for the kittens and puppies. They rotate around the different shelters so that they all get helped at one time or another. Sometimes they have one-day adoption events and sometimes they have the kittens and puppies at the store for a few days to give them longer to find a home. We don’t have any actual “pet stores” around here. just Petsmart. My Emma came from a Petsmart adoption event. I got 9 years of love for my $80 adoption fee. Best bargain ever!
Save puppies and kittens the right way by NOT buying them from Pet Stores! Instead Rescue, Foster, or Adopt From A Shelter!
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You might see a cat or kitten for sale at a Houston pet store and assume that buying a cat is the only option. Or you might, as many people do, believe that a cat for sale from a store or a breeder in Houston is somehow “better” than one you might find for adoption in a Houston animal shelter. This is a common misconception, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. The cats and kittens available for adoption at your local shelters and rescue groups are wonderful, sweet, healthy companions who are homeless through no fault of their own. Many times, animals end up in shelters simply because their former owner encountered a financial hardship and could no longer afford to care for them, or perhaps even lost their own home. Whatever the reason, most cats and kittens in shelters are great former pets who have lived in homes, and are often already litterbox trained. All of the kittens at ANIMART Pet Store are rescues surrendered to us by people in the community. They are never purchased from breeders.
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At Gentle Jungle, we offer an assortment of domestic kittens, persian kittens, himalayan kittens, and siamese kittens for sale. We are one of the only pet stores in the state that places over 300 kittens every year and we are very proud of it! In response to the fact that many shelters and rescue organizations (that do a terrific job!), are virtually overrun with kittens during the spring and summer months, Gentle Jungle decided to join the cause in getting many kittens into loving homes. Unlike the shelters and rescues, we are located in a busy mall, thus we have thousands of families and individuals walking by our store all the time. This allows us to find homes for many kittens that otherwise may have an uncertain future. Gentle Jungle advertises in it's front windows, "Kittens Wanted," people throughout the state who's cat has baby kittens may call the store and arrange to bring them in for sale at an age of 2-3 months old. In business for 50 years, this high-end pet store sells only purebred puppies and kittens, alongside a slew of supplies such as designer collars (up to $200), imported perfumes, and carrying cases. Rare breeds such as Cuban Havanese, French bulldogs, and teeny-tiny teacup Yorkies are their specialty (all dogs and cats start at $499).The ordinance would allow existing pet stores to continue selling puppies and kittens, provided the animals are obtained from licensed breeders that comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture standards. At least eight pet stores offered dogs or cats for sale in in 2015, according to the proposed ordinance. No matter how "reputable" you think your local pet store is, they are almost surely getting their kittens from a "backyard" kitten breeder. The majority of purebred kittens are the product of irresponsible "backyard" kitten breeders. These are people who make some easy cash by breeding their purebred cats and they often also sell kittens through the newspaper classified ads. Remember that most of these backyard kitten breeders don't know about breeding for favorable health and temperament qualities, and they don't know how to raise a properly socialized litter. Many of these little kittens are weaned from their mothers way too soon. Sometimes, a backyard kitten breeder turns into small-time kitten mill to increase their supply so you can buy a kitten from a pet store and they can make a higher profit. How can you stop kitten mills? There is only one way. Take away their profits. Remember before you buy a kitten, keep in mind adoption is the most humane option!