This time last year I threw my judgment to the wind and brought a puppy home for Christmas. They will tell you two things about puppies: (1) Never bring one home for Christmas and (2) Never buy them from a pet store. There are various reasons for this, I'm sure, but I think it is mainly due to the fact that Christmas shoppers tend to make purchases on impulse and a live animal is certainly not a responsibility to be taken lightly. In addition, many pet stores are widely speculated to be virtual puppy factories in which these poor creatures are churned out en masse with no regard to their health and wellness. The now-defunct Posh Puppy in Beverly Hills, for example, was forced to close its doors last year when it was discovered that their dogs "were supplied by cruel and inhumane puppy mills" and that they intentionally allowed the sale of sick animals.
Activists have devoted themselves to exposing the unethical treatment of animals, but also strive to educate the public on what becomes of the poor dogs that end up in a shelter. A reported 5 million animals are killed in the shelter system every year due to the simple fact that they go unwanted. Wouldn't you like to see your taxpayer dollars go towards something better?
This Christmas, play it smarter. If you insist on having a puppy under the tree this year, please be sure to visit your local shelter first. There are also many resources available online. Here's to being more conscience of the world around us.