New: ASPCA-Tell us About Your Pet Store Puppy Purchase

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – 3:30pm
dog in crate

If you purchased a dog from a pet store within the past year, we need your help.

We can’t tell you how many calls and emails we get here at the ASPCA from people who bought a puppy from a pet store and didn’t realize, until it was too late, that their puppy was born in a puppy mill. We know that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, but we want to show people where their local pet stores are getting puppies before they buy! That’s where you come in!

If you bought a puppy from a pet store, you should have been provided with paperwork at the time of purchase that includes the name and USDA license number of the breeder who bred your puppy. Please find that paper and visit our No Pet Store Puppies website to share the information. The information you provide may help us connect your local pet stores to photos of the breeders who supply them.

No judgments here: we urge everyone to make adoption their first option—but if you bought a puppy, you can still assist the ASPCA with our efforts to shed a light on the link between puppy mills and pet store puppies. Thank you!

My Note: A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Puppy mill puppies are typically sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified. Mothers and puppies are treated inhumanely as the money is more important than the health and welfare of these dogs. San Diego, CA just passed a ban on pet stores. YAY!

Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. Puppy mill dogs do not get to experience treats, toys, exercise or basic grooming. To reduce waste cleanup, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked up in columns. read more here.

However, there are reputable breeders that do sell dogs. If you do decide to purchase a dog, visit the mother and father of the puppy, make sure all paperwork is in order. See what kind of environment he was raised in. Do not purchase dogs over the internet.

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3 thoughts on “New: ASPCA-Tell us About Your Pet Store Puppy Purchase

  1. Thank you for this post and the reference to my blog and my giveaway from the ASPCA. The contest is over, but our fight continues to end puppy mills.

    How did San Diego get a ban on puppy mills/pet stores? I’d love to know how.

    • Local animal welfare groups partnered with Council Member Lori Zapf for the ordinance that bans the commercial sale of specific animals in San Diego. (It did not happen overnight). I was at a pet store a long time ago, protesting outside about puppy mill dogs.

      Private breeders and nonprofit organizations that adopt animals to the public would be unaffected. Chain stores like Petco and Petsmart sell pets through partnerships with animal rescue groups, a practice that would remain legal.

      News article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/12/san-diego-pet-store-ban_n_3582164.html.

      I still have questions myself, such as what happens to all the animals at the pet stores. I have emailed for an answer with no reply. But I will continue. Thanks

    • The amendment to the municipal code makes it “unlawful for any person to display, offer for sale, deliver, barter, auction, give away, transfer or sell any live dog, cat or rabbit in any pet shop, retail business or other commercial establishment located in the city of San Diego, unless the dog, cat or rabbit was obtained from a city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society or a nonprofit rescue organization.”

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