By Sally Yeo (Communications Lead at @PuppyClubSG)
A furry friend can be quite the happy pill, which is probably why a study by iPrice Group reveals that Southeast Asians’ interest in pets are up by 88%. In Singapore alone, an astonishing 30% increase in pet ownership has been recorded over the pandemic. With this, an age-old debate between adopting shelter dogs and buying from breeders remains at the forefront. According to ASPCA, approximately 34% of all dogs are bought from certified breeders, while just 23% are adopted from shelters, thus prospective pet owners expressed a preference for responsible shopping when it comes to bringing home a new furry family member.
Additionally, the pet industry in Asia is undergoing a remarkable transformation, with a projected CAGR of 11.3% from 2020 to 2027. Notably, online puppy purchasing is on the rise, and by 2026, nearly one-third of global pet care sales will be conducted through e-commerce. This digital shift is not just changing how people buy puppies; it’s also driving international connections, elevating ethical standards, and fostering a more informed and engaged pet-owning community across the continent.
Adopt Or Shop Responsibly? Both adoption and responsible shopping can contribute positively to pet welfare. The heart of the matter lies in responsible practices that don’t add to the homeless pet population or compromise the well-being of our beloved canine companions. Each shelter pup is a roll of the dice, with variables like structure, temperament, health, and history that can vary wildly. This quest demands patience, perseverance, and an unwavering belief in destiny. While adoption is a noble act, it’s not always the perfect fit for everyone. A negative experience with an unpredictable rescue dog may result in abandonment or a lifelong aversion towards dogs.
An ASPCA national rehoming survey found that “pet problems” (like undesirable behaviors, growing larger than expected, or health issues) are the most common reason people get rid of their companion animals. Ethical breeders can minimize those pet problem risks by producing predictable dogs, accurately preparing owners, and lowering abandonment rates. In Singapore, here is where Puppy Club Singapore steps in to redefine the conversation where it is transforming the way prospective dog owners find and bring home their furry companions, and their unique approach is challenging conventional wisdom.
In the realm of pet ownership, the distinction between ethical and unethical pet breeding is crucial. Ethical breeders, exemplified by Puppy Club SG, adhere to responsible practices that prioritize animal well-being. Through rigorous testing, certifications, optimal care for puppies and parents, and transparent communication with potential pet owners, ethical breeding ensures healthier, happier pets and compliance with animal welfare regulations.
While ethical breeders provide a predictable pet ownership experience, it’s essential to consider personal circumstances when deciding to buy instead of adopting. Reputable breeders offer predictability in breed, size, temperament, and health history, catering to specific needs or lifestyles. This positive experience often encourages individuals to later embrace the joys of adopting rescue dogs. Factors influencing this choice include lifestyle, breed preferences, allergies, and a willingness to support ethical practices.
To shop for puppies responsibly and ethically in Singapore, prospective pet owners should conduct thorough research, visit breeders in person, meet the puppy’s parents, request necessary documents, and remain cautious of puppy mills and backyard breeders. Ultimately, responsible dog shopping is about prioritizing the well-being of the dog, a principle embodied by Puppy Club SG.