No judgments here: K-9 Angels Rescue urges everyone to make adoption their first option — but if you, or someone you know, bought a puppy, you can still assist the ASPCA with their efforts to shed a light on the link between puppy mills and pet store puppies.
If you purchased a dog from a pet store within the past year, the ASPCA needs your help.
The ASPCA receives thousands of calls and emails 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 help the ASPCA show people where their local pet stores are getting puppies before they buy! That’s where you come in!
If you, or someone you know, 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 that puppy. Please find that paper and visit the 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.
Take a look inside the gallery of photos taken by USDA inspectors at licensed breeding facilities where violations were found. They depict both violations of the law and other conditions that are legal but that the ASPCA considers inhumane.
Make adoption your first option.
If you’re looking to make a puppy part of your family, check your local rescue groups first. Not only will you be saving a life, but you will ensure that your money is not going to support a puppy mill. There are many dogs waiting for homes in rescue groups and shelters all across the country!
If you’re committed to a specific breed of dog and can’t find what you’re looking for at your local shelter, contact a rescue group for that breed or locate a responsible breeder. Responsible breeders never sell puppies to dealers or pet shops or ship a puppy to a buyer without meeting them first. They operate in an open, undisguised manner, allowing and even encouraging potential buyers/adopters to visit and tour their homes and meet their breeding dogs.
Sign the pledge not to buy anything from stores that sell puppies.