Where should I get a puppy? A frog? A parrot?

Most animals found in stores and over the internet, whether they be a dog, a cat, a gerbil or a frog come from animal mills

These horrific breeders treat mothers like factories, breeding them over and over again in pitiful conditions, always to take their babies from them after a matter of weeks to sell across the country. Even in Suffolk County, where the law is the strongest in New York State, stores are filled with animals bred from disreputable breeders.

But is there really such a thing as a reputable breeder? Each year, 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters in the United States. 3-4 million of these dogs and cats are euthanized, many due simply to over-crowding. The numbers for other animals are so high they are not even tracked. Can it ever be ethical to breed animals when there are so many already looking for homes? 

All of us at LION urge you to adopt, not shop, and always buy your supplies from a store that does not sell animals. While we certainly love mixed breeds over here, breed-rescues abound and 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred, so there's someone for everyone. Check out Petfinder today to find an animal near you.