How to Avoid Cruelty

We know you don’t want to be part of the problem—no one does! Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to avoid handing over your hard-earned money to a cruel breeder and contributing to this terrible cycle. Here, we break down the dos and don’ts of finding your next best friend the smart way.

we love shelters and rescues
Across the nation, millions of delightful dogs and perfect puppies are waiting for loving homes. Could one of them be yours? Read about why adoption is so important and so deeply rewarding.
responsible breeders
Decided to go with a breeder? There are plenty of caring, responsible breeders out there. Imitators will try to fool you, so learn how to spot the real deal.
problem with pet stores
From misleading labels to empty promises to predatory payment schemes, a pet store is not only no place for a puppy, it’s no place for you!
online puppy sales
The future is now, and online puppy-sellers are the new Main Street pet shop. But buying a pup from a website can be just as bad, if not worse, than buying one from a pet shop—see why you shouldn’t risk it.