Every Time I go to Sodimac Homecenter (DIY superstore) I feel pity for the dogs there. I ask myself if people buy them cause they feel sorry for them and so become part of the problem or if they just don’t give a……
There is a sign which says something a long the lines of: “why am i here? A vet is taking care of me. I am in a controlled environment, get a toy during the day and a blanket at night. Receive very good food and am behind glass so nobody feeds me bad food or touches me. I am here for about 30 days but you could take me home with you.
The dogs cost around 800 USD 600 EUR – if I paid that money for a dog I would want to see where they come from and were they spent their first weeks.
We would have never bought a dog in a hard ware store. If we would have purchased a dog we would have searched for a breeder, spoken to him, inspected how the dogs are kept etc..
However our dog just magically appeared when I was walking on the streets. It was a poor & shy 4 months old German Shepherd – the entire story soon. It helped getting one of the many “perros de la Calle” of the street. Other expats have done the same.
I have never seen dogs offered in a DIY store in Europe as I think (prove me wrong as not sure) that it is not allowed.