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Why You Shouldn't Buy A Pet

Wong Shu Lee  


  June 01, 2021

Thinking of picking an adorable pup or kitten from the pet store to home with you? You better think twice. 


Why did we say so? Because many pet stores get their pups and other animals from mills where they're often abused and treated like baby-producing machines rather than as loving creatures. If a pet store is selling dogs rather than hosting adoptable ones from shelters, you can bet they're getting them from puppy mills. 


Responsible pet store owners sell products, not pets. They would host adoptable shelter animals instead of selling animals from mills or other dubious sources. Research indicates that 90 percent of puppies found in pet stores come from a puppy mill rather than from a shelter. If you see a high price tag on a pet, be wary. 


According to the ASPCA, there are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. “Puppy mills are inhumane commercial dog breeding facilities that sell puppies in pet stores, online, or directly to the public. Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water, and socialization.”


Are there puppy mills in Malaysia? The answer is ‘yes’ because there is a demand. Puppy mills exist because people continue to buy pets from pet stores. Without these pet stores, the financial incentive for puppy mills would disappear. No demand, no supply. As long as there is any demand, puppy mills will keep breeding and overbreeding for profit. 


Hence, we highly recommended those who want to get an animal companion look for adoption instead of buying pets from stores. When you adopt a cat or dog from SPCA Selangor, your adoption fees include first vaccination, deworming, and neutering. 


Since the adoption fee includes all of these services, it saves you time and money. Besides, when you adopt a pet, you’re a hero by saving a life. Not only you are providing a forever home, but you’re also reducing the number of homeless pets in our community. 


For those who have compassion for animals but are not planning to own a pet, you can volunteer with SPCA. SPCA Selangor provides flexible volunteering opportunities to the public, you can take part in efforts that fit with your needs. For example, on-site duties like housekeeping, animal socialization, and dog-walking. Those who are experienced in office duties can assist the Marketing and Communications (Marcomm) department to run better campaigns for the organization. Other than that, you can join duties at pet expos, school fairs, and family events too. 


In fact, SPCA Selangor also offers internship programs to students from any discipline. Interns are able to take part in hands-on work with the animals, helping out at the reception desk, or working with the Marcomm department for events and fundraising. For more information, you can check out SPCA Selangor’s website


Animals are part of our environment. If you’re getting a pet, please ensure you keep the pet with you for life. Let’s be a responsible and civilized pet owner. 


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