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Hi everyone! I am in the process of getting a puppy for my girls and I’m kinda stuck going with an Amish breeder in PA. my daughter has sensory issues and I’m afraid to bring a dog the home from a Rescue

I have researched what to look for when our comes to puppy mills and all the warning signs are not there.

my wife and I went looking for pups last weekend. One we went to look at just didn’t strike our fancy. I’m sure this pup will find a forever home, but what happens to pups on Amish farms that aren’t sold?
 

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What happens to unsold puppies in puppymills/commercial breeding kennels? They get stuffed into cages and start having their own puppies as soon as possible.

What breed are you wanting? If it is an AKC breed, have you checked the website of the parent club for their list of member breeders?
 

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A puppy coming from a puppy mill where it's not been properly socialized may have more issues than a rescue dog. So take your time , look for a decent breeder there is no excuse to support the continued suffering that is puppy mills.
 

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Puppy mill puppies that aren't just kept to breed on are what you see in pet stores. For most of the mills, those stores are their biggest outlet -- not directly, they sell to brokers who deal with the stores. Pet stores that claim their puppies don't come from mills are lying. If the puppies don't sicken before sale, they are the lucky ones. They get sold to suckers who fall in love with them, pay the vet bills, and try to do whatever else the dog needs. It's the ones kept for breeding that have godawful lives.

That said, how can you be "stuck" going to an Amish breeder, which is pretty much certain to be a puppy mill? You think they aren't smart enough to know what signs put people off and make sure nothing like that shows? Even states with high concentrations of puppy mills have lots of actual ethical breeders. Or do you mean you aren't willing to wait and deal with an ethical breeder but want a puppy like yesterday?

You know that old saying, "Marry in haste, repent at leisure"? It applies to acquiring a dog as well as a spouse, although in my personal opinion, any puppy is a gamble to some extent. You either raise or lower the risk of health or temperament problems or of just a bad fit by choosing carefully.
 

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You're not "stuck" going with a mill. Your choices are not limited to rescue vs. bad breeder. Buy from a reputable breeder. Start by finding your chosen breed's parent club and go from there. If you tell us what breed you're looking for, we can help.
 
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