ASPCA Pledges To Ban Puppy Stores

Pet stores that sell puppies are not to be trusted! Photo Credit:

Elisabeth Torres, Global Animal

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is leading a “No Pet Store Puppies Campaign.” The goal is to raise awareness about puppy mill cruelty and the link between puppy mills and pet stores. Most stores that sell puppies won’t say they are buying their dogs from a puppy mill. If asked, they’ll tell you they get their puppies from licensed USDA breeders. But what does that mean? Turns out, close to nothing.

Pet stores that sell puppies are not to be trusted! Photo Credit:

The standards of care required by the USDA are completely inadequate and leave room for dogs to be grossly mistreated. Even if the USDA did require humane treatment from the breeders, it wouldn’t matter as the rules are barely enforced. Interestingly enough, the only reason you have to be a certified USDA breeder is if you want to sell your puppies to pet stores or brokers — a middle man who sells the puppies to pet stores for you. Small local breeders who sell to clients directly don’t need the certification. 

Studies conducted by the ASPCA show that nowadays, just as many people are buying their pets online as in person. And as you may have suspected, this is even worse than buying a dog from a pet shop. Aside from the fact that the majority of online pet stores also get their dogs from puppy mills, there is a good chance they won’t even give you the dog you ordered. Many sites use stock photos of the same adorable dogs to rope people in. When your pet finally arrives and looks different from the one you ordered, they bank of the fact you will have already bonded with your new puppy and won’t have the heart to return it. Some online pet stores will even set up their site to appear as a “rescue group” or “animal sanctuary” for abandoned dogs of a certain breed and charge unsuspecting animal lovers thousands of dollars for their puppy mill bred dog. Another common scam run by people who buy from puppy mills is telling you the dog is AKC registered. It very well may be, but seeing as how the American Kennel Club has no restrictions banning puppy mills from breeding their dogs, it does not mean your dog is from a reputable breeder. Many puppy mill dogs are AKC registered. 

There are many things you can do to put a stop to this horrible process. For starters, take the ASPCA pledge not to buy ANYTHING from pet stores that sell puppies. If you want a dog, adopt from a local shelter or learn how to adopt a dog from a responsible breeder. Most importantly, share this information with your friends. An estimated 78 percent of consumers are not aware that most puppies sold at pet stores come from puppy mills, yet 80 percent of consumers say they would not purchase a puppy if they knew it came from a puppy mill. So click the badge below to take the pledge and share it with your friends!

Want to share your reason for pledging? In 200 words or less, write in to [email protected] sharing your story for a chance to win an ASPCA gift pack!


Click to take the pledge to boycott buying ANYTHING from stores that sell puppies!
Click to take the pledge to boycott buying ANYTHING from stores that sell puppies!

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  1. The ASPCA could better spend their time on teaching how to care for a dog if they knew how. Instead they do not want you to have access to the pet of your choice. Pet Shops sell more than puppies and these animal rights groups know that and that is why they want to use this puppy mill story to shut them down so you can not purchase a bird, cat or any animal as a pet. They know small petshops cannot survive without selling puppies. As for the pet overpopulation myth we do not have one. Animals that wind up in shelters do so because their owners die, their owners didn’t know how to train them, or they were running wild. 47% of all shelter pets are returned by their owners to the shelter they adopted them from due to expensive medical treatment. Shelters don’t do a good job or any job at all in educating the buyer. They just want the animal out of the shelter at any cost. People are now realizing what this actually means. They wind up with a dog that bites or barks or has expensive health problems or one that won’t bond with them. If shelters did a better job then these animals would not be returning to the shelters. Another issue is the shelters and rescue groups have imported more than a million diseased feral dogs from other countries to keep themselves in business. Some places have no dogs available at all. So there isn’t a pet over population problem it is actually one of lack of educating the public and putting out dogs for the revolving door of the shelter which doesn’t care since they are selling the same dog over and over again. These charities are dong this because for the first time they see your dollars coming to their pockets. HSUS gets 150 million dollars a year and gives less than 1% to the direct care of any animal. With 150 million a year they could feed and house all measly 1 million dogs estimated to live in shelters now and forever. But they are more interested in paying over 33 lawyers on their payroll to sue you so that you cannot own a pet anymore. That is their goal not the welfare of animals but the extinction of all domestic animals.

  2. I pledge to BAN all support for the ASPCA until they stop supporting the animal rights agenda.

    Animal Welfare or Animal Rights?

    Here are some of the differences:
    As animal welfare advocates. . .

    • We seek to improve the treatment and well-being of animals.
    • We support the humane treatment of animals that ensures comfort and freedom from unnecessary pain and suffering.
    • We believe we have the right to “own” animals — they are our property.
    • We believe animal owners should provide loving care for the lifetime of their animals.

    As animal rights activists. . .

    • They seek to end the use and ownership of animals, including the keeping of pets.
    • They believe that any use of an animal is exploitation so, not only must we stop using animals for food and clothing, but pet ownership must be outlawed as well.
    • They want to obtain legal rights for animals as they believe that animals and humans are equal.
    • They use false and unsubstantiated allegations of animal abuse to raise funds, attract media attention and bring supporters into the movement.
    • (The Inhumane Crusade, Daniel T. Oliver – Capital Research Center)
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    • While purchasing your dog from a shelter is fine, that does nothing to end the way dogs get there. People who have unplanned litters and give pups away to friends, family and neighbors. Pup grows up, novelty wears off and off to the shelter they go or they have unplanned litters and the cycle continues. These people use shelters as an easy out. On the other hand, if ASPCA promoted more people buying from breeders who are experts and have planned litters, fewer dogs would end up in shelters. This idea to stop pet stores is back words. I haven’t but know several people who bought their dog from a pet store and they are all very happy with their healthy dogs. Puppy mill is a word used to put down any breeder , much like the n word is used for races, Large kennels does not make bad and ASPCA not being an authority on raising dogs is being irresponsible and working to perpetuate dumping dogs at shelters.