Should I adopt or purchase?

You have options when it comes to deciding where to go in order to find the best pet for you and your family. We believe you should be able to select the dog of your choice from the place of your choice.

A few suggestions:

  • Adopt or purchase only from a place willing to take the pet back if things don’t work because if they are willing to make this guarantee, chances are they will make an effort to match you with a pet that best suits your lifestyle.
  • Click here to learn about our Homes for Life program where we assume lifetime responsibility for every puppy we sell, in that, if for any reason a customer cannot keep the puppy that he/she purchased, we will take the puppy back (at any age) and assume the responsibility (free of charge) for finding it a new home.
  • You may be able to find a breed-specific rescue group that specializes in the dog you want or you may find a dog that is close enough to that breed in a rescue organization or shelter.
  • Sometimes you can find purebred puppies and/or dogs in shelters and it never hurts to look.
  • Don't assume all rescue groups or animal shelters are created equal. There are those that truly care about pets and others that unfortunately don't have great track records. Do your homework and research the ones you plan to visit.

Adoption

Animal shelters and private rescue organizations are very important to our community as a whole and to the pet industry. They almost always contain loving, wonderful pets that most often, and through no fault of their own, were surrendered by their owners, abandoned or found as strays. Many animals in shelters and that come from rescue groups will make wonderful pets.

In fact, the main reasons pets are surrendered have little to nothing to do with the pet at all and include:

  • Lack of training
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Relocation/moving
  • Not enough time for the pet
  • Finances/cost of ownership
  • Health issues
  • Behavioral issues
  • Allergies

These pets deserve forever homes as much as any other loving animal. If you are interested in a rescue pet it's best to visit a local shelter or even more than one until you find what is best for you and/or your family.

The fact is upwards of 2 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the country every year and adoption is the only way to make a dent in that number. We encourage prospective pet owners to visit animal shelters and/or rescue groups. We specialize in selling purebred and designer (hybrid) puppies, not commonly found in animal shelters.

We work with and support credible no-kill rescues at our Trendy Pet & Rescue store in Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall where we provide space (at no charge) to rescue groups to host dog and cat adoptions. 

A few suggestions about adopting:

  • Do not believe the myth that shelter dogs have no family or behavioral history. Many of the pets in shelters or rescue groups are there because their owners turned them in owing to financial or housing issues and many come with family history.
  • Some shelters and rescue groups keep their dogs in foster homes and those families can be a wealth of information about the specific nature of a pet you want to adopt.
  • Always ask about health and behavioral evaluations the pet has undergone since its arrival.

Purchasing a Puppy

Puppies 'N Love and Animal Kingdom pet stores specialize in purebred and/or hybrid puppies for those who desire a specific breed. We sell puppies from well-screened, humane, well-trusted and, if commercial, USDA-licensed breeders only.

The pet store industry has come under tremendous fire in the recent past because so much attention (and deservedly so) has been put on the conditions and unscrupulous goings-on behind the scenes and throughout the country at puppy mills.

The term 'puppy mill' is often misunderstood and/or misused. Although there is no legal definition for the term, the following group of animal welfare and pet industry organizations got together to establish a definition for it.

  • American Pet Products Association (APPA)
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
  • The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
  • Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA)
  • Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)
  • Petco
  • Petland

They defined a puppy mill as 'an operation that sells dogs for money and fails to breed them appropriately or provide adequate housing, shelter, staffing, nutrition, socialization, sanitation, exercise and veterinary care.'

Neither Puppies 'N Love nor Animal Kingdom stores will ever buy puppies from puppy mills, do business with an unethical breeder or support an operation that is not treating all of its dogs with exceptional care.

There are very real and valid reasons why people choose to buy purebred puppies including:

  • Wanting a puppy whose parents have been carefully selected for health and who have gone through genetic testing to ensure the dog has the best chance of being healthy and well-adjusted.
  • The ability to predict the dog’s size, care requirements, temperament and more from 100-plus years of traceable pedigrees.
  • The puppies have been socialized which greatly affects how well-adjusted they become as adults.
  • Reputable pet stores (like ours) will allow you to return a puppy if the union does not work out successfully.
  • The puppies have been examined by a veterinarian and come with health records.
  • The ability to research a breed that fits a specific lifestyle and personality increases the likelihood of a successful union.