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But if you follow our top puppy-buying tips, you'll be far more likely to secure a healthy, well-socialized dog who doesn't drain your emotions or your pocketbook. 

Consider adoption first

Adopting a dog who needs a home is one of the best things you'll ever do. Animal shelters and rescue groups often have scores of great dogs, both mixes and purebreds, just waiting for homes. There are also breed specific rescue groups for every breed of dog, including "designer" or "hybrids" like Labradoodles and Puggles. The Shelter Pet Project can help you find a great dog or puppy in your area! Read more about adopting a puppy through a shelter or breed rescue group

Don't get a puppy from a pet store

Despite what they may tell you, most pet stores do sell puppy mill puppies. Unless the store is sourcing animals from local animal shelters, helping place homeless pups, you have to be very careful about pet stores' link to puppy mills. Read more about the false claims commonly made by pet stores at the Pet Store Doublespeak page

Don't believe promises that puppies are "home raised" or "family raised"

Many puppy millers pose as small family breeders online and in newspaper and magazine ads. The HSUS has often helped local authorities in the rescue of puppy mill dogs. In almost all cases, the puppy mills sold puppies via the Internet using legitimate-looking ads or websites that made it look like the dogs came from somewhere happy and beautiful, claims that couldn't have been farther from the truth.

Do your part: Pledge to help stop puppy mills!

Choose not to buy your next pet from a pet store or Internet site, and refuse to buy supplies from any pet store or Internet site that sells puppies. Pledge to stop puppy mills

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