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NEW: Tell Us about Your Puppy Purchase

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 3:30pm
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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!

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carol derus

our family, and relatives have 14 puppies purchased from a small private, not a chain, pet store, everyone of them has been healthy, and wonderful temperments. several bad apples do not make the whole barrel rotten. doubt you will post this as this is not what you want to hear.

carol

rescue is the only breed of dog

Ryan

You don't buy family members!

William

Amish puppy mills need to be inspected and banned in PA. They are disgusting!

Chella Dejesus

In January 2009, I bought my daughter her first puppy from Petland. I wish I would have known than what I know now about Puppy Mills.............. She is a beagle..... as far as health goes, thank God until now she has been fine. What we have noticed throughout the years is her mental unstableness. She has alot of anxiety, shes always nervous and still till this day she will have potty accidents. We are huge fans of Cesar Millan so we have incorporated alot of his techniques with her. She has her moments where she will relapse.... as far as all those great beagle traits I read about in many books, unfortunately she does not possess alot of them.... but she ismy girl and will continue to be..... I see it as us going thru therapy together. I have learned lots of patience..... Definitely adoption and rescue is the way to go! I have since spread the word about puppymills in my area..... Hope soon we can be able to cease them and rescue these innocent creatures from harm!

Quynh Phuong Tran

I did NOT brought mine's Female Purebred Shih Tzu Jasmine Melinda Tran at a store because I adopted and brought her at a Shih Tzu Doggies Breeder on 10/10/10 aka Sunday,October 10,2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MARIA S

SUNNY, MY CAIRN WESTIE MIX, WAS ADOPTED FROM THE SPCA MARCH 2013. SHE IS MY FOURTH TERRIER RESCUE. SHE IS SMART, PRETTY, LOYAL AND SWEET TO ALMOST EVERYONE SHE SEES.

SHE CHASES SQUIRRELS, LIZARDS AND HER SHADOW. WE LOVE EACH OTHER AND MAKE GREAT COMPANIONS TO ONE ANOTHER. WHAT A FUN DOG. IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ADOPT AT RESCUE SHELTERS. I NEVER WOULD EVEN HAVE ADOPTED BUT I WAS MISSING SOMETHING SPECIAL IN MY LIFE, SUNNY, MY WONDER DOG. SHE NOW HAS A FOREVER HOME. AND, MY HOME IS NOW COMPLETE!

Bonnie

When I moved to Virginia into my own home, I wanted to adopt a dog. I moved from Connecticut with my five cats - all rescues, one was tossed from a moving car (try a 12 hour ride with all the babies in the car). I wouldn't even consider buying a puppy. (There is a Petland five minutes from me) I wanted a small dog so I kept making the rounds of all the shelters with no luck. One day I went into Angels of Assisi to get info on volunteering and there was a small crate near a desk, asked what was in it, and was shown the sweetest little long haired chihuahua. It was love at first sight. Yes he is a pure breed, no he doesn't have papers (like I care), and I believe this sweet baby was from a puppy mill. He had issues with loud noises, potty training, and raised voices. I'm working with him and most of the problems have disappeared. I realized during this whole process that pet stores selling puppies take advantage of the instant gratification mentality that pervades society. Making the shelter rounds, waiting for the right puppy fit, and possibly not getting a pure breed is
beyond some people. Throw in the kids who just want a pet now and cute puppy faces and pet stores are more than happy to sell you unconditional love. Stores are there to make money not to make sure you are making a good choice in choosing a pet. The only way to prevent animals being bought in a pet store is to outlaw the sale of dogs and cats in stores. This alone will not stop puppy mills but it will put a big dent in their cash flow. Also, the public needs to be educated in choosing the correct pet not just the first pretty face they see. Finally, puppy mills are all over the internet with cute pictures. This must also be stopped. By the way, the Petland in Roanoke just went out of business. Chalk one up for the good guys!

janice piccirilli

The sad thing here is the catch 22 of it. The best of all scenarios would be to completely ban the sale of live animals in pet stores. However, it is a little heartbreaking to leave those puppies,etc...in the stores and tell people to ignore their existence and at the same time to buy them is supporting the puppy mill industry, something that I DO NOT. Years ago,10 to be exact, before I became a part of animal rescue and advocacy, I was not so educated on these facts. But I knew about shady breeding practices, especially the Amish puppy mills near Philadelphia where I lived at the time. I bought a puppy from a nearby pet store while there to buy food for our bird. Although I love anything with fur and 4 legs,My husband and I have Shih Tzus. When I saw this little Shih Tzu pup in that store, coughing,lethargic, and nearly 4 months old by the birthdate on his sign, AND price marked down like an old shirt that nobody wanted, I knew I had to get him out of there. If the pet store never sold him, the owner could have returned him, cause they won't spend money on vet care, and the Amish farmers would have killed him. Two days after I took him home he was in the vet hospital for all kinds of afflictions. But they saved him and he is the love of my life. Believe me I am not condoning the purchase of these puppy mill dogs, I know the suffering they endure. Just sometimes it IS a rescue!!

BkDogAdvocate

Janice, I completely see your point of view. There is a lot of focus on the puppy mills, which is a fantastic start but in these conversations I feel there is an important aspect missing, which is the pet shop. Pet shops are just as much to blame for animal cruelty as the puppy mills because these stores hold dogs in abhorrent conditions. Some dogs never come out to play, you can bet your bottom dollar that they dont receive adequate medical care, and they're sold willy nilly to whomever wants to pay. Worse yet, these stores will tell you anything just to make a sale. I don't blame you for saving the dog from the shop that day. I'm hoping this ASPCA series will bring more things into focus...also wish these was a greater, more public campaign against puppy mills and shops.

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