The Puppy Project is an Initiative of The Veterinary Council for Breed Stewardship
We veterinarians have watched in horror as Puppy Mills and Pet Stores have become the dominant retailers in the pet industry. It’s not that we mind them doing business, but the way that they’ve done business is abhorrent to us. The definition of a Puppy Mill, as defined by the ASPCA is “A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of its dogs—who are often severely neglected—and acts without regard to responsible breeding practices.” and we’re against that. We want to change that. We want to institute a system where the well-being of the dogs is paramount.
We believe the only way to eliminate the puppy mill is through the marketplace. We’ve seen legislation come and go in various communities, cities and states, all to no avail. The laws are simply to easy to get around, and there is never enough money for enforcement.
And the very sad part is that there are already tens of thousands of great dog breeders in our country who want to sell their puppies to good homes. Our goal is to connect them to the public at large. Only by veterinarians and responsible breeders working together can we accomplish this. Each profession doing what they do best, and working synergistically. We are the dog experts, and we need to offer our expertise to anyone seeking to buy a puppy.
Who is The Veterinary Council for Breed Stewardship
We are a group of concerned veterinarians, many of us experts and leaders in our field, others simply concerned practicing veterinarians. Our goal is to organize and set standards for dog breeders, to further differentiate responsible breeders from pet stores, puppy mills and novice breeders, making it easier for the public to buy a high quality puppy.
You can read more about our organization, and see some of the members of the council at www.VETcbs.com
Who are the Breeders of The Puppy Project?
Our breeders are ethical and responsible, dedicated to their breed, their puppies and their profession. They’ve undergone rigorous testing, inspection and education and we’re convinced they’re all among the best breeders in the country. They consider their puppies as their god-children, and you can count on them for the rest of your dog’s life.
It Should Be Easier:
Itsimply should be easier to find a high quality puppy than it is today. When one thinks that the choices that are made when purchasing a puppy will live with us for a decade or more, the process of purchasing a puppy simply has to be easier, safer, and less full of pitfalls.
Our Mission is simple. To make it easier and safer for people to purchase high quality puppies, reared and raised by people who put the puppies welfare above the profit of the sale.
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Many first time pet owners don’t know this, but everyone in the pet industry (veterinarians, breeders, groomers, and anyone who’s ever worked at a pet store) knows that buying a puppy is much like adopting a child. The responsibilities that go along with this have ramifications for years to come. And the puppies that are available in pet stores are, for the most part, puppy mill dogs that unfortunately have been poorly bred and are prone to a variety of ailments.
Why is it so hard to find a good breeder?
• Until The Puppy Project, there was no way to discern a good breeder from a bad one. A passionate, dedicated, committed breeder from an irresponsible one. Nor to differentiate a puppy that came from a puppy mill from a puppy bred by a great breeder. How do people find a dog?
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]But Pet Stores are the retail outlets for Puppy Mills, so that’s not a safe bet.
There’s also a very real danger of walking into a pet store “Just to look” and walking out with a puppy. Puppies are very very hard to resist. I was caring for a pet store that was just horrible. The dogs were being so poorly cared for that most of them were bought by people who only wanted to “save” them. But that act of altruism will only allow the pet store to continue operating, and the dog saved will cost the owners for years to come.
Ask a friend? Only if you’re lucky enough to have a friend who knows a breeder for that particular type of dog you may be looking for. And even if your friend had a good experience, it doesn’t mean you will.
Go online? The Internet is the great equalizer. It can make an sleazy business look like something out of Forbes. So how can you tell the good quality breeders from the ones who just have a nice website? You can’t!
So our only option to end this horror is to work together. Our working model is The American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA sets standards for practice, and inspects and certifies hospitals that meet those standards. It is entirely voluntary. However, a hospital that can display the AAHA logo has earned the right to say that they’re among the best animal hospitals in the nation, and that a separate, independent governing body has inspected their practice and their facility and given them the due accolades.
The Veterinary Council for Breed Stewardship will be for breeders what the American Animal Hospital Association has been for veterinarians.