In Defense of Choosing: The Adoption vs. Shop Debate

Written by: happ34h_admin

May 16, 2024


There’s a timeless mantra that resonates deeply within the animal-loving community: “Adopt, don’t shop.” While this sentiment undoubtedly stems from a place of compassion and a desire to offer loving homes to animals in need, recent encounters have prompted me to revisit the nuances of this mantra.

A few days ago, while checking out at the grocery store, I found myself in a conversation that left me pondering. The kind cashier, who often notices our purchases for our beloved pets, took the opportunity to express her frustration with those who opt to buy rather than adopt. While I wholeheartedly support adoption whenever feasible, her remarks struck a chord with me.

You see, our family includes both adopted and purchased pets. Our first dog, Sophie, a beautiful Great Dane, was the epitome of a ‘heart dog’ – she brought immeasurable joy into our lives. Sophie was purchased from a breeder because, quite simply, I had my heart set on a Great Dane puppy. While adoption was considered, finding a specific breed through rescue channels proved challenging. Sophie’s memory remains a cherished part of our family, immortalized in our hearts and on our shop logo.

Similarly, our beloved Millie Cat, a resilient feline companion, entered our lives through unconventional means. Purchased from a mall pet store by my young daughter, Millie’s start in life was far from ideal. Neglected and in poor health, she was the last of her litter, overlooked by many. Despite initial reservations, Millie’s journey from a neglected runt to a cherished family member exemplifies the transformative power of love and care. Our little boney girl turns 22 this year!

Reflecting on these experiences, I am reminded that the decision to adopt or shop for a pet is deeply personal. While adoption undoubtedly saves lives and offers a second chance to countless animals, it’s essential to recognize that individuals may have valid reasons for choosing to purchase a specific breed or animal.

At the heart of it all lies a simple truth: every pet deserves a loving, nurturing home, regardless of their origins. Whether adopted from a shelter, rescued from neglect, or purchased from a breeder, the bond between humans and animals transcends labels and origins.

So, as we navigate the adoption versus shop debate, let’s foster understanding and empathy. Let’s celebrate the diverse paths that lead pets into our lives and embrace the common goal of providing them with the love and care they deserve.

We love and welcome our newest addition (shown above), Gus.  He is 150 lbs. of love and slobber and just 2 (approx) years old.

Notes from last time….as it bears repeating!  I’m seeing many customers order their 10th pet memorial. That is significant, because every fifth one is on me! These are still the heart of my shop, and a good portion of the proceeds still go to K9s for WarriorsEPIC OutreachTouch of Grey, and Fountains of Life. All of these are very near and dear to my heart because these people do good good things.

If I can ever answer any questions about who I support or what I do, please feel free to contact me (you can just respond to this email)! 

Meanwhile, here are this month’s beautiful pet honorees. Honoring your fur angels is always the main reason for my newslettermy Instagram page, and the Pet Gallery over on my Happy Moose Garden Art website.

Enjoy, and I’ll see you next month!

With BIG love,

Joanne 🌺

Hug your pet EVERY DAY. It’s good for you. It’s good for them.
It’s just GOOD.








Sketchy Dane








Bo Bear

Blessings and peace to the families of each one of these who are so missed.

You are loved,

Happy Moose Garden Art

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