Finding a puppy to complete your family can be a difficult and scary process. There are puppies advertised on Craigslist, in parking lots, and other various websites online. What are the risks associated with these sources? Let’s break it down.
Craigslist and parking lot puppies are usually cheap in cost. Sounds great, right? Wrong! Even though the seller says the puppies are 8 weeks old they typically aren’t even old enough to be away from mom. Many times these puppies come with ailments such as parvovirus and distemper. This can cost you thousands in vet bills or even the puppy’s life! Try calling the person that you bought the puppy from- their phone number suddenly doesn’t work anymore or they ignore you and never return your call.
Let’s talk about the websites advertising puppies for sale with no storefront. You message the “breeder” and talk to them about the puppy. They’re out of state and only accept Western Union. They give you pictures that seem legitimate and you agree to have the puppy shipped to you. So, you send your money to them and wait for the puppy to arrive. But it never does….Or the puppy comes, but it’s not the one in the pictures. There are so many scams out there! Beware!
When you purchase a puppy from Puppyland you get to meet your puppy and make sure it has the right temperament for your family. Puppies are like people- they each have a unique personality! Not sure what breed fits your lifestyle the best? We have pet counselors to help you make an educated decision. You might have an idea of what breed you want, but what happens when you meet that puppy and it’s not exactly what you’re looking for? At Puppyland you have many options to chose from and a puppy counselor there to help you find the right breed. When you do find the right puppy to take home it’s vet checked, microchipped, registered, and up to date on vaccines and dewormings. We give you peace of mind knowing what you’re committing to! For more details about our guarantees check out our “Health Guarantees” page.
New AKC Position Statement: Freedom of Choice & Education is Pillar of Successfull Dog Ownership
On August 8, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Canine Legislation Position Statement on Pet Choice. The statement (below) takes a strong stand in support of pet choice, education and responsible pet selection as a foundation for successful long-term pet ownership. It also affirms AKC’s opposition to legislation that restricts freedom of choice in selecting a pet or requires individuals or retailers to obtain pets solely from shelter or rescue distributors.
The American Kennel Club emphatically supports freedom of choice in selecting a pet. AKC actively promotes efforts to ensure that people are educated, understand the demands of responsible ownership and have access to a pet that is right for them. AKC strongly opposes any measure that restricts choice by compelling people and/or retailers to obtain pets solely from shelter or rescue distributors.
Background: For more than 18 months, the American Kennel Club has monitored dozens of proposed ordinances in local communities and several state bills that ban the sale of purpose-bred puppies from licensed breeders in retail pet shops and require retailers to sell only animals sourced from rescues or shelters.
Such laws regressively punish licensed breeders of purpose-bred pets, while harming pet owners, small businesses and the general public. Ironically, they ban the single most regulated and vetted sources of pets (including breeders and handlers subject to federal licensing) while promoting the sales or adoption of pets obtained from sources that have little or no regulatory oversight and that are not subject to federal oversight, state consumer protection laws or other consumer guarantees.
When regulated sources of healthy, purpose-bred puppies are banned, it creates a vacuum that is filled with dogs from unregulated sources that may lack even basic health and temperament checks. It also opens up local markets for the importing and sale of unhealthy or temperamentally unsound dogs from overseas, such as the recent import of rabid dogs from the Middle East.
Bans on pet choice slash the opportunities for individuals to obtain an appropriate pet for their lifestyle. Matching a pet to the lifestyle of the owner is one of the most important factors in assuring long-term success for a pet in its new home. When governments attempt to limit the legitimate sources from which a person may obtain a pet, it not only interferes with individual freedoms, it decreases the likelihood that prospective owners can find the right match for long-term success and increases the likelihood that the pet will end up in a shelter.