You might have noticed a decrease in the number of puppies and kittens being
sold in your local pet shop and it’s not because it’s banned (unless
you’re in Victoria). It’s because of the changing attitudes towards
purchasing pets through stores, buying through breeders and adoption is on the
rise. LiveTribers, do you think pet shops should stop selling animals
completely? Do you think selling puppies in pet shops encourage puppy mills and
farms? Have you bought an animal from a pet store recently?
Posted by on 21 Sep 2020
I think it is a lot safer to adopt a pet from a pet rescue organization, there
are so many pets who need a loving home when we lost our fur baby after 13
years, we automatically new that when we felt it was the right time, we would
adopt a pet from a pet rescue they are well looked after, and the money goes to
the organization that have been caring for them.
As an older person when you retire and have lots of spare time or your partner
has passed away or you are single a pet is important to a lot of ppl if only to
have a pet to sit next to you.
It has got to the stage that you don't see kittens and puppies advertised now
needing a home and to buy a pet especially a puppy can cost you $1500 and that's
at the cheaper end.
We have always had rescue dogs but now even those will cost you $500.
Pensioners can afford to feed a kitten/puppy but not many have a large amount to
buy the animal.
I have also seen a lot of families that don't have a pet because they can't
afford to pay out thousands for a pet and would like a puppy to grow up with
their children as opposed to having an older rescue dog that they don't know the
No ! I don't think they should be on display , to tap windows and generally
annoy them ! Sure all the puppies , kittens etc. look cute and a play thing for
children . The fact is that they're living , breathing animals like us and they
have feelings ,emotions and need to be cared for , groomed exercised ,trained as
you would a child . I'm finding a lot of people buy these animals as a toy for
their child , without teaching the children how to trear them , they're not a
toy one brings out , plays and then gets put back in the box , until they start
to grow and the novelty runs out and get ignored and eventually sent to shelters
Education and responsibility should be put in place , way before picking a pet .
Even adults need training in the various breeds. We know for instance that dogs
have evolved from wolves , but they still have a natural instinct , hunting ,
listening , smelling and the breed can determine which is best suitable for the
family . I'm not suggesting that all dogs are vicious , but each breed has a
different trait suited to it's instincts . eg. If you want a large dog that is
lazy , friendly and will always be by your side . A Greyhound would suit ,
believe it or not ! Generally speaking get an animal from a shelter , as you
know they will eventually be euthanized , and be forearmed with info. on the
breeds and talk to the carers/keepers .
There never used to be pet shops. Dogs and cats ate meat from the butchers and
there was always puppies and kittens advertised in the paper. They were not
pedigree but not many people had a designer breed animal as in those days.
I don't mind the pet shops as long as the animals are looked after lovingly. But
I do object to what they want in money for some of the puppies. I recently saw a
pug puppy and the asking price was nearly $5000. I realise that it might be the
breeder wanting a high price, but the average person in the current times cannot
afford this amount. Also what happens to the puppies and kittens that cannot be
sold. Surely a sensible thing to do in this case is for interested persons to
make an offer. There names and contact could be left with the stores.
Any Pet Reseller or Breeder should be licensed and subject to regular and
unannounced spot compliance checks to maintain standards with hefty fines for
first offence and deregistering for subsequent offences depending on the
severity and circumstances. RSPCA would set the minimum standards and with LGA
officers assist with spot checks.
Firstly, add taxes & fees & charges, then regulate them out of existence in
favour of no-kill animal shelters run by Vegans. If you can't have / don't want
pets, then consider donating to such. Well Done Victoria :-) Other states should
follow their lead. No, I'm not from Victoria.
In my opinion, animals should not be sold un pet shops. They are kept in small
cages/enclosures where they eat and expel their waste. They have no exercise,
they are often teased by passing people. This is inhumane treatment. I have
only ever adopted animals that I have owned from the RSPCA and am pleased to
have been able to give these animals a good life.