About The Puppy Project
We Realize that Your New Puppy Will Be with You for a Decade or Longer.
So you don’t want to make a mistake.
Not a mistake by choosing the wrong dog for you life, nor a mistake by buying a dog from the wrong people. Our goal is simple…. to help you decide on the right breed of puppy and making sure that you and your dog stay together, healthy and happy, for the rest of your dog’s life.
So What Do We Offer You?
Safety: Our breeders have undergone a rigorous certification process. Created by veterinarians, managed by veterinarians
Guarantees: If your dog develops an illness whose roots are genetic, at any time in the dog’s life, we will refund you 50% the fee spent on the purchase.
Perks: We’re growing our network of veterinary hospitals across the country that will accept payment in full from any insurance company that offers 90% coverage (we recommend Trupanion). That means NO OUT OF POCKET medical expenses. Ever.
All puppies come to you with Trupanion insurance ready to activate upon arrival.
Advice: Some of the finest minds in veterinary medicine in the world are part of our Council. We cannot legally confer with anyone or specific cases, but we can write articles and create videos about what concerns you most.
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 aim to institute a system where the well-being of the dogs is paramount.
We believe the only way to do that 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.
This country is filled with dedicated, passionate, high quality dog breeders. They’ve been breeding dogs for years, usually losing money, all for the love of the breed and the dogs they breed.
We believe the public wants to find these breeders but doesn’t know how to. Searching the Internet can be a very hit and miss proposition. We know that pet stores and puppy mills often create misleading websites and advertisements duping the public into believing that their looking at real breeders. The problem has always been that there is no certification program, nor standards, for dog breeders.
Certification and Standards
And that is what we have done. We’ve created standards for breeders to follow to allow them to achieve certification. You’ll know if you see a breeder listed on the Puppy Project that they’ve gone through a rigorous education and testing protocol, have had their homes inspected, and that they’re following vaccination and deworming protocols established by the American Animal Hospital Association.
Only by veterinarians and responsible breeders working together can we help the public find their great 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. By creating professional standards and accrediting breeders we 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
How Not to Buy a Puppy
Buying a puppy is a decision that you’re going to live with for the next decade or more. It’s important that you make a smart choice. Until the Puppy Project, making a smart choice was extremely difficult. When someone wanted to buy a puppy their options were limited.