Rent-A-Puppy: Is this a good idea?
Jenna Miller started her Puppies for Rent business in the Provo area as a way for students and others to rent puppies by the hour.
"College students aren't allowed to have pets and a lot of students really miss that, their pets back home."
The pups have been rented for first dates and surprise parties, she said, and by mothers rewarding their children. After signing a contract, customers can rent them for $15 an hour, $25 for two hours and $10 for each additional hour.
The idea came after Miller heard about Yale Law School's pilot program last year allowing students to check out a "therapy dog" for 30 minutes at a time.
Carl Arky, spokesman for the Humane Society of Utah said his group is philosophically opposed to the business.
Puppies need consistency and stability in their lives, he said, and renting them to various people might adversely affect the animals' growth and development.
Miller said the animals are treated well and she has a 100 percent success rate so far finding them a permanent home. Money paid by renters goes toward adoption fees if they decide to own a puppy.
"We've had 11 (puppies) total. We've placed them all before they were 12 weeks old ... Most of them go to families," said Miller.
Critical thinking challenge: Jenna Miller thinks her new business is a great idea, but the Humane Society of Utah disagrees. Jenna's new business seems good for people, but is it good for pupplies?
Define these words: humane, philosophically
- Posted on December 16, 2012
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