Why do people buy dogs instead of adopting them?
|English Bulldog puppy|
Yet, classified advertising websites continue to attract buyers for dogs costing well over $500, with some reaching $3,000. People are apparently willing to pay much more for a privately sold dog because they "can get exactly the dog they want." That is, they can get a particular breed at a particular age (i.e. a puppy). What these buyers don't realize is that they are not only running financial risks, but they are also entering a moral minefield.