Adopt, Don’t Shop

A new family member should not be a Christmas surprise

Los Angeles, CA – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) warns against purchasing puppies advertised online or in classified papers. Instead, adopt from spcaLA, a humane society, a county or city shelter, or an accredited 501c3 rescue organization.

Oftentimes, puppies advertised by “back-yard breeders” are underweight and sickly, and too young for adoption. “It is against the law to sell a puppy under 8 weeks of age,” says Madeline Bernstein, spcaLA President. “If you are meeting a guy in a parking lot to buy a puppy, chances are the puppy is under 8 weeks of age and will present medical issues. This combination can, and often does, result in unnecessary suffering, astronomical veterinary costs, or even worse – death.”

Rather than take that chance, adopt with an organization that is committed to the well-being of the animals. As an adopter, you should be able to see where the animal is kept, and receive a record of medical care and age appropriate vaccinations upon request.

Do not purchase an animal as a surprise gift. Instead, gift an “adoption kit” with needed supplies and a book on pet care that will begin the journey of responsible pet ownership. Make a commitment to adopt as a family, so that all family members can meet the pet before bringing it home. This is the best way to determine if the adoption is a good match. For more information about pet adoption, please click HERE.

“It is completely common for adopters to come to the shelter with something very specific in mind and they leave with the complete opposite,” said Bernstein. “Without meeting, you won’t know if the dog is scared of children or if you or your children have chemistry with the cat you saw online.”