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Pet Tip of the Week: Should You Purchase a Dog On-line?

By Dawn Watson

   Banner (CNBNEWS.NET)-Since you are reading this article it’s safe to assume you are an on-line consumer. As such, you may be experienced with Internet-based purchasing, perhaps even when it involves purchasing a pet.

While I am personally in favor of adoption over purchase when it comes to man’s best friend, I would like to stress some precautions if you choose to purchase a dog over the Internet.

   Scams are rampant on the ‘net—unscrupulous individuals are anxious to play the part of a breeder or a dog owner in search of an investor. Be savvy about folks coming from abroad. The Gold Coast, Russia, and Malaysia, for example, seem to house the latest group of scammers anxious to take advantage of animal lovers in order to separate them from their money.

   Rescue groups, however, are legitimately seeking responsible individuals to adopt dogs. If you are considering adoption, there are many groups that foster abandoned, abused, or neglected dogs until the right person comes along! The groups are sometimes breed-specific so you can adopt the dog of your dreams from a rescue group for a simple tax-deductible donation! In some cases, members of the group will even deliver Fido to your door, up-to-date on shots, neutered or spayed, and ready to be loved by you and your family!

Next week’s topic will be your choice so send me an email with a topic you’d like to discuss! . As always Cleary’s notebook encourages dialogue so your comments are welcome! 

Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030


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