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A Utah college student has started a strange new business – renting puppies. Jenna Miller says that many students, who aren’t allowed to have pets in student housing facilities, miss out on important animal interaction. Her solution was to rescue puppies that would otherwise be sitting in cages in shelters, and rent them out to college students, families, or basically anyone that wants hands-on play time with a puppy, without the responsibility of pet ownership. Miller rents her puppies for $15/hour or $25 for 2 hours – and people are lining up to take a turn!
But, not everyone agrees that passing a puppy from home to home at such a young age is a good thing. Animal behaviorists explain that the puppies will not learn to bond with a single family, and thus, will become too independent and much harder to train.
However, Miller’s ultimate goal is to find loving homes for each puppy. In fact, of the 11 puppies she’s rented out, all 11 have been adopted by her clients.
Check out this special report from Good Morning America and ABC News. What do you think about renting puppies? Is it helpful or harmful?