CARO supports the “adopt, don’t shop” principle, meaning that we encourage prospective owners to consider adopting a pet instead of buying from a breeder. This is linked to the fact that there is currently an overwhelming number of companion animals in dire need of a forever home. Some of them were born stray, others have been abandoned and they now live in the streets or in foster homes and shelter facilities. Notwithstanding that many responsible breeders prioritize the health and welfare of the animals they breed and trade, the illegal pet trade, which is responsible for tremendous animal suffering and fraud is on the rise, thus by purchasing a pet, one might unintentionally contribute to illegal pet trade along the line. It should also be noted that many bred dogs and cats are affected by genetic disorders and hereditary disease, including allergies, hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, diabetes, brachycephalic syndrome, chondrodysplasia, deafness, and skin problems. If you want to find out more, you can check the Canine Inherited Disorders Database or this article with the most common feline inherited disorders.
If you nevertheless decide to buy a pet, we recommend taking the time to find a responsible breeder and to verify that you are not supporting illegal puppy trade.
Please note that, even if you adopt from a shelter or a foster facility, you should pay attention whether the facility is reputable and putting the animals’ welfare first.