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- Where to shop, and not to shop
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Where Can I Buy a Puppy?
Wondering where to buy a puppy? If you’re looking to make a puppy part of your family, make adoption your first option and find a dog at your local shelter. Not only will you be saving a life, but you will ensure that your money is not going to support a puppy mill. Shelters across the country have dogs and puppies for adoption that need loving homes.
If you’re committed to a specific breed of dog and can't find what you're looking for at your local shelter, contact a rescue group for that breed or learn how to find a good dog breeder by visiting the ASPCA’s website. Responsible breeders never sell puppies to dealers or pet shops or ship a puppy to a buyer without meeting them first. They operate in an open, undisguised manner, allowing and even encouraging potential buyers/adopters to visit and tour their homes and meet their breeding dogs.
Check out our database of stores offering animals for adoption.