Buying a pet might seem normal until you realize that many shady people run puppy or kitten mills that simply breed animals to sell for profit, treating animals like products rather than living creatures with feelings and emotions. That’s why the state of New York is mulling over a ban of dog, cat, and rabbit sales.

Pet stores would not be affected since many of them work with animal shelters. When you buy a pet from an adoption center, you’re giving a needy animal a forever home rather than helping encourage people to breed animals indiscriminately just for money.

If you have room and money, consider adopting a pet today. The pet will likely give you companionship and that’s worth more than any amount of money you need to adopt an animal in the first place.

To learn more about New York’s possible ban of pet sales, click here.