By Brooke Markworth, Staff Writer
Then looking for a pet, some people lack information on whether they should adopt or get one from a breeder. There are many thoughts that come to people’s minds when making the decision. Adopting and buying a pet are both really good ways to find your new lovable friend. However, there are many differences between them.
Most adoption centers sell purebreds and other dogs, called mutts. A breeder is a person who breeds livestock, racehorses, other animals, and certain kinds of plants. Most breeders only sell purebreds, which are dogs that were only one breed of dog. However, mutts are dogs that are more than one breed. When buying from a breeder, you know exactly what type of dog you are getting. You know where the dog has come from and how it has been trained. Breeders aren’t guaranteed that your dog will be only one breed, but most breeders also offer genetic testing. If you are buying from a breeder, your pet will already be socialized. When buying from a breeder, you would usually pay more than $1,000 for a dog. Breeders charge the puppy fee, plus a breeding fee.
Shelters sell dogs that are mutts and purebreds. The prices of adopting a pet from a shelter are often a lot lower than the price of buying from a breeder. Buying a pet from a shelter could often save you hundreds of dollars. Shelter dogs are typically already spayed and neutered, which can save you money on veterinary costs. If you rescue an animal from a shelter, you are helping to break the cycle of overpopulation of pets.
There are many shelters that take very good care of animals and pets. Ms. Raile is a counselor at Sheyenne High School. She is also a foster parent for dogs at the Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue. The Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue is a non-profit rescue, but there are a number of similat shelters in Fargo, North Dakota. Their main goal is to help dogs find a loving family that will take care of them. They also look for a caring owner that will give the pet personalized attention and space to run around.
People breed dogs for many benefits. Many people like dogs for their specific skills that are offered for humans. Purebreds are used to help with hunting or dog shows. In conclusion, there are many differences between adopting and buying a pet from a breeder.
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