The cost of a puppy might be more than you think. There are millions of dogs who live their lives as puppy breeding machines in puppy mills.
A puppy mill is a facility where dogs are bred in terrible conditions. The puppies are then sold for cheap without proper testing and limited veterinary care. After the dogs give birth, they are often euthanized.
However, there are several organizations that work to find proper, loving homes for dogs who were raised in puppy mills. Volunteers across the country are dedicated to bring attention to puppy mills and finding forever homes for the dogs.
Sharon Fay started Molly's Wish, just one of the organizations dedicated to the cause.
"They have no clue what it is like to be a real dog, to have a human hand touch them with love, and for them to touch the grass for the first time," Fay said.
If you want to avoid puppy mill dogs, do not purchase puppies from pet stores without learning more about where the dogs come from.
If only a dog with a pedigree will do, look for a responsible breeder who will take back the dog if you can no longer keep them. Meet the parents and be sure the breeder will provide certifications of eyes and hips depending on the breed.