Children learn values, including the value of life, from the examples their parents set. Children generalize lessons learned about animal life will influence their attitudes toward human life on some level. How much is that doggie in the window? (The enticement of a Pet Shop)

Few children can walk past a pet store window without crying out, "Mommy, can we get a puppy?" Even the most determined parent can be lured in by the fluffy ball of fur staring hopefully back through the glass. But what are you teaching your child by buying a puppy from a pet store or a breeder? Here are a few possibilities:

"BUYING" a pup will lead your child to believe -
  • That life is a commodity to be created, extinguished, boid or traded for profit
  • That like all commodities, life has a finite rupee value.
  • That the value of life is determined by looks and pedigree, not what's inside.
  • That life is replaceable. If it is lost, you can always buy another.
  • That love and devotion don't have to be earned; they can be bought.
In contrast, "ADOPTING” from a Rescue Shelter will enrich your child's conscience -
  • That all living beings are worth saving.
  • That taking responsibility for a living being is a lifetime commitment.
  • That the value of a living being is not determined by soks or registration papers.
  • That there are second chances in life.
  • "That love and devotion don't come with a price tag.