An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) found that almost all Virginia puppy dealers operate without federal licenses.
What does this mean to you? Do NOT, under any circumstances, buy a puppy from a pet shop, internet, or backyard breeder! Chances are, that puppy came from an unlicensed puppy mill. You may think you’re saving one puppy’s life, but the net result is you’re enabling puppy mills to churn out more and more puppies. So while you may save one, there are hundreds (literally!) where that one came from.
The only way to stop puppy mills is to stop buying dogs from pet stores, on the Web, or from "kennels" who have many breeds.
That adorable (but probably sick) puppy likely came from "deplorable factory-style ‘puppy mill’ breeding in massive-scale operations, large kennels, trailers and back yards, breeding as many dogs as possible with little or no oversight or concern for the health and well-being of the animals, and violating state and federal laws."
Think that buying from the internet is safer? Wrong. Turns out those who sell on the internet can completely bypass any oversight whatsoever.
If you want a puppy – a healthy, happy, gentle puppy – do NOT buy from an ad in the paper, online, or from a pet store. If you can’t see, pet, and interact with the parents, walk away fast!
A reliable, ethical breeder will interview you to see if you are the right home for their puppy. They care as much about that puppy as you soon will, and want to see that puppy in a caring, loving home. Pet stores and internet breeders will sell puppies without ever asking you a single question except: Cash or Credit.
If you have questions about breeders, post a comment here and I’ll be sure to answer it so everyone can benefit from the exchange of information.