I believe the Pound or animal shelter is the first place to get a pet. These animals have a limited time to be placed into a loving home. Adopting from the animal shelter allows a chance at survival of theses wonderful animals, rather then worried about pedigree or blood rank in a breed. If that is what you are looking for, then yes a breeder is what you would want. But for the most of us, a shelter is the best bet.
Ultimately I believe it depends on how much time, energy, and dedication you can devote to your pet. A pound or rescue pet is the best option as they have a limited number of days, weeks, months before they will get put down. However these animals also come with a variety of problems. Some may have medical issues, emotional problems, they may need lots of training and love before even being comfortable around you. They may not be good with children or around certain people. These pets are broken and need the best love and attention you can give them. Not all shelter or pound animals will come with problems, but most will.
For example some years ago my dad bought our puppy from some man for ten bucks. He saw the man abusing the dog and bought her. We had to work really hard to show her we loved her and were not going to abuse her. To this day she is afraid of tall men with big feet.
If you don't have the time and energy to care for these issue it may be best to get a pet from a breeder or pet store instead. There is no right answer, whatever works best for you and your family is the better option.
I believe the Pound is the best place to get a pet. We (my hubby and I) have 7 rescued pit bulls . We ended up with so many dogs because we knew that since they were pits, no one else would want them. All of our dogs have been neglected or abused in some form or fashion. Three of our pits were full grown when we got them and two came from extremely abusive homes. It was harder for the adult dogs to overcome their fears but with a little love and attention they came around quickly. If we can rescue pitbulls ( supposedly some of the most vicious dogs) than almost any dog can be saved. Every animal deserves a chance at happiness and a loving home.
It is your choice to buy or adopt a new 'family member', but your decision for either has to be an educated decision that includes your own situation, experience and skills!
This is a closer look at the pros and cons of buying or adopting.
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Consider giving a home to a special dog that needs you. The Pound or a Rescue group is a wonderful way to do that. We got a rescue German Shepherd and she is the greatest dog.
Dogs are wonderful loving creatures and deserve a chance at a good home.
I have to say the pound as it is the same as rescuing an animal. The animals that come from breeders already have a greater chance of being adopted and the owners are not as likely to "put them to sleep". They carry monetary value.
However, it is important to remember that animals from breeders can be abused as well, or sold to someone who ends up abusing them. They then end up in the pound.
Sadly, in the pound if an animal is not worthy of being loved by a family, that is, not adopted within a certain time frame, its life is put to rest. True they may come with "issues" but with so many animal rescue groups working out there for animal rights they make you aware and even offer training on how to overcome them.
This is not to say that pets should never be acquired through breeders, sometimes their are specific needs and desires; however, if you are asking the question it is safe to assume you would love any pet that is in your life. So give the underdog (no pun intended) a chance, they will give you just as much love and happiness.
the pound, give an abused animal a second chance at living a good life.
I have shared my life with 12 canines over the course of my lifetime, and all were rescued, either from the ASPCA, a private shelter, or from a person overwhelmed with their care, who needed to find them a new home. Every single one of them turned into wonderful, loving, smart companions, even those who had serious issues (biting, general craziness, diabetes, blindness, cancer, extreme old age, epilepsy, like I said, issues!)
I have nothing against honest, well-intentioned breeders, but there are millions of unwanted pets out there, all in immediate and dire need of a second chance. My advice would be to adopt, and look at the special needs critters first. They will understand what you have done for them and reward you with love.
I agree with all of the answers...give the animals that have been left behind or abused a chance to live a life filled with love and security. They've been through enough already and have so much to offer someone who is willing to adopt them.
Personally. I would get a pet at a pound. There are so many cats and dogs at the pound that need a home.
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