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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012 12:45 p.m. MST

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Midvale, UT

I have to agree with the Utah Humane Society on this one. I find it disturbing and unhealthy for the puppies.

Casa Grande, AZ

Eeeeh, sounds good at first but would you rent out a baby like that?

How about just going to a pet store or animal shelter and playing with one of those dogs for a little while? There's just already a lot of animals that need it. Or borrow a puppy to take to a hospital to help patients. Rent? No.

This just seems like another ridiculous thing Americans would do and people in Ghana wouldn't believe.

Juan Figuroa
Seattle, WA

Things that are not the same: Puppies, Babies.

Puppies never know their fathers, and leave their mommies at eight weeks without anyone blinking an eye.

This may surprise the dog-obsessed, but babies don't actually leave home until they're 18 years old. And then, only if their parents are lucky.

This is a brilliant undertaking, the dogs are being well socialized, and stop comparing dogs to babies. Sheesh.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

I would think the Humane society would support it. It's giving people a chance to know how much work it is to have a puppy before they adopt or buy one and decide they don't have enough time or money for it. It sounds like she has had an awful lot of success so far with taking good care of them and finding good homes.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

I would never rent a puppy because I deem it to be a foolish waste of money. Others don't feel that way. The puppies are well cared for and they are finding good homes that really want them. Good for them.

Renting a puppy is a better use of money than buying a pet rock. I didn't buy one of those either.

Agua Dulce, TX

A business owner not worried about if experts have concerns? Typical.

Casa Grande, AZ

No, I'm going to use the conservative slippery slope argument and contend that there will be people wanting to rent babies by next year.

Insert moral depravty ect ect cats marrying dogs, mayhem insues.

I'll call my oppositiion affront propsition 9.

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Good to see these wealthy young geniuses can now study AND have their way with a couple puppies for an hour to put a smile on their face. And then what? Its "shoo, shoo" to the doggies. Anything for a quick buck, I guess. Poor puppies. Good thing they're not renting older dogs. Who wants them, anyway.

Burlington, CT

If students need or want time with a dog or puppy, why not volunteer at a local humane society or animal shelter? the dogs there would appreciate the human contact time, going for walks, and playing with the student. and it wouldn't cost the student anything but time. I think a rent a pup concept is weird.

Charlotte, NC

At first I didn't like the idea but as I read further into the article I liked it more and more. Living on a farm isn't a bad place to be until adopted.

Cache county, USA

Lame idea.
It will never work.
And it's just to much work for that amount of money...

Eagle Mountain, UT

Wonderful idea. Students often don't have transportation or time to go to the local Humane Society to play with the puppies. Here they are delivered and picked up. It adds flexibility too. What if the puppy were part of a plan for a date, like picnic in the park or something. Sounds like the puppies are well cared for and they are finding homes for them. As long as this does not turn in to a puppy mill outlet I am for it. I am glad that students are still finding ways to start businesses.

The old nag
Kaysville, UT

I too have to agree with the Humane Society. This isn't good for the puppies. They are at an age when they need to establish their own bonds and to be constantly shoveled from person to person is really not good for their development. Good that this girl wants
to be progressive and start her own business, but it shouldn't be done exploiting these
little dogs....look for something else to do.

Huntsville, u

Great idea. Don't listen to all of the naysayers, they are just jealous and probably too lazy to start a business anyway. As for the Humane Society?----What have they done lately?

Brother Wolf
Salt Lake City, UT

RE: arand

Is your name short for Ayn Rand? Probably since you admire starting businesses, and since you live in Huntsville, World Capital for Business.


This is neither a new nor novel business idea. There have been many similar ventures or proposals in cities from New York to Los Angeles but usually the proprietor doesn't get a business license approved primarily due to the exploitation of the puppies and the possible issue of what to do with the puppies once they are no longer cute & adorable. My friend and I tried to open up this same business 10 years ago in Chicago and were denied the required business license because of that explanation. From an immoral, capitalist perspective, its a great idea . . . but once you step away from the purely money-making part of the idea and see that this country has an enormous problem trying to place unwanted & abandoned animals in homes . .. then you really see why this business is just wrong.

Also . . . I agree with Screwdriver that someone will try to start renting out babies soon, & that idea will also be shut-down in most places but who knows, Utah may approve of it.

Southern, UT

I think this is a great entrepreneurial idea. College students always could use a few extra bucks. The humane society has some valid concerns though. But as someone who knows Jenna personally, these puppies will be well taken care of and not exploited. Its no different than visiting the animal shelter and helping them out. The humane society is just worried because they don't have control of the situation.

Carl Arky
Murray, UT

What has the Humane Society of Utah done lately? As a non-profit organization which receives no funding from tax payers and turns no animal away, the HSU finds homes for more than 7,000 animals a year. Our vets perform 11,000 spay & neuter surgeries per year and administer 60,000 vaccinations. But the crux of this matter is the practice of "renting" puppies ... a for profit enterprise which seems to place a higher priority on making money than ensuring the health, safety & well being of animals. Placing puppies in the care of numerous people during a formative stage of life when they need a stable environment and are highly susceptible to illness is not in the best interest of these animals. Everything possible should be done to keep them out of harms way. The potential risk for abuse is far too great. They are not inanimate objects to be passed around and used as a play toy...but living creatures who need to be cared for. For anyone who truly wishes to learn about owning a dog, it costs nothing to volunteer at a shelter and help dogs who truly need your time and attention.

Riverside, CA

Someone would actually rent a puppy for an hour for $15?? I have to admit, puppies were a great way to meet girls when I was single, but still . . .

Lindon, UT

Puppies in my living room for a couple of hours? And it angers the Animal "Rights" people? Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

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