Id love for some of you to come to arkansas just for 1 week and see how things dont work the way they do in most states. No one here cares about animals.
Things work quite the same (if not worse) in Missouri, yet I (and many people I know) still manage to support good breeders and/or rescues.
The state of Missouri has 1,800 state and USDA licensed dog breeders which is explicitly defined as being a "commercial breeder which sells directly to the pet owner". This number does not include hobby or small breeders (which are also supposed to be registered by the state but not the USDA), whether they are good or bad. It also doesn't include intermediate handlers and brokers. Nor does it tell you anything about the number of shelters in this state or the number of animals that pass through shelters each year in Missouri.
That's a lot of puppies being produced in my state. It's estimated that brokers and dealers ship upwards of 100,000 puppies each year from the state of Missouri to other states mills, stores, and so on. Each. Year. From ONE state.
I can't possibly be convinced of any justification for buying a puppy from a breeder who directly contributes to the abuse, neglect, over population, and euthanizing of so many animals on a constant basis - both at home and across state lines. It's disgusting
It's not only directly harmful to all the animals involved, it's also one of the laziest and careless ways to try and make a buck I've ever heard of in my life.
Animal abuse shouldn't be a rewarding career. But that's what everyone who buys from a BYB or mill makes it out to be. I'd be downright ashamed of myself if I contributed to that.
Born and raised in Missouri, BTW. I've been in this state a hell of a lot longer than the 5-years you've spent an hour south of me and I've managed to keep a rational head on my shoulders regarding breeding animals.