Puppy Millers

 

  • Breed for profit
  • Have no regard for animal health or welfare
  • Breed multiple breeds
  • Know very little about the breed(s)
  • Lack sanitary living conditions
  • Cage their dogs 24/7 – no socialization or training
  • Never allow viewing/touring of property or kennels
  • No parents on site
  • Offer to meet you to complete sale (ie; parking lot)
  • No application required
  • No spay/neuter policy
  • No return policy

Reputable Breeders

  • Breed for companionship and/or to maintain breed standard
  • Health is # 1 concern
  • Breeding dogs are tested for genetic defects
  • Focus on one or two breeds
  • Are experts in their knowledge of the breed(s)
  • Raise pups in clean, safe sanitary living conditions
  • Raise pups in home environment – with socialization/training
  • Invite you to visit their facility and tour the kennel
  • Parent(s)  always on site (especially the mother)
  • Sale/contract is completed at the breeder’s home
  • Application/references required
  • Spay/neuter policy
  • Solid return policy

Rescue Organizations

  • Save dogs from euthanasia
  • Ensure that all dogs are vetted, vaccinated and spayed/neutered prior to adoption
  • Will identify any health/behavioral issues prior to adoption
  • Familiarize themselves with dog’s temperament prior to adoption
  • Ensure dogs are safely and temporary homed with foster families
  • Work hard to ensure successful permanent home
  • Always conduct home visits with potential adopters prior to adoption
  • Offer post-adoption assistance
  • Return policy (ie; if re-homing is necessary)

More about Rescue Organizations:

  • Contrary to popular belief, many dogs who end up in rescue/shelters are not rejects, throwaways, problem dogs, or untrainable. 
  • It is estimated that as many as 25% of dogs in the rescue/shelter system are purebred, and end up there for a variety of reasons.
  • Many of these dogs are familiar with living as part of a family unit and are already housetrained, have good manners, and are obedient.  In other words, they make wonderful family pets.
  • If you really must have a certain breed, check into the many ‘breed-specific’ rescue organizations offering purebred dogs for adoption.