Where Pet Store Puppies Come From

We don’t buy from puppy mills.”

“All of our puppies come from small, local breeders.”

“We visit every breeder we buy from.”

We have all heard these sentences come from the mouths of pet store owners and their employees. They paint this beautiful picture of puppies running by a pond and parents frolicking in the fresh, green grass… Sadly, 99% of the time that is a bold faced lie because the truth is that reputable breeders would never sell their puppies in pet stores. The pet store owners know it, the employees might know it- but the customer is completely in the dark. This is why we are here.

On top of the Puppy Mill Map Research that our research team has been compiling and releasing, our volunteers have also been diligently researching pet stores across the country to find out where they are buying their puppies from. Not surprisingly, many pet stores are buying from large scale commercial dog breeders (puppy mills) who have dozens to hundreds of dogs and many violations. Below are the states in which we have CVI data for some of their pet stores, our volunteer team is still working on more states and stores! This is by no means a full list of all of the stores selling puppies. 

Please read the links below to see which pet stores are selling puppies across the country and don’t forget to SHARE. 

Click on the links below to view pet stores that sell puppies and which puppy mills they are sourcing from.

Please note: this is a very time consuming (and expensive) research project that our volunteers are taking on! We are adding states and stores as we obtain the data, this is not the full list of stores that sell puppies! If you are interested in donating towards our research costs, click hereWe have also recently released an interactive map to show the full scope of the puppy mill epidemic. You can view that here. 

  1. Arizona
  2. Colorado 
  3. Connecticut
  4. Delaware
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. Illinois
  8. Iowa 
  9. Kansas
  10. Maine
  11. Massachusetts 
  12. Michigan
  13. Minnesota
  14. Nebraska 
  15. Nevada
  16. New Hampshire
  17. New Jersey
  18. New York 
  19. Pennsylvania
  20. Rhode Island
  21. South Dakota
  22. Texas
  23. Virginia
  24. Washington
  25. Wisconsin

And let’s not forget about puppy mills that lie and say they are rescues. Like Hobo K9 Rescue , Rescue Pets Iowa and Pet Connect Rescue. 

Or the brokers like Becky Busboom  and Crittersville Enterprises that are selling puppies to pet stores all over the country.

Don’t forget Pet Store Puppies ARE Puppy Mill Puppies …. The research proves it! 

This research can be  extremely costly, please consider making a donation to help us continue exposing the puppy mill industry. Every dollar helps us!


Did you buy a puppy from a pet store and want to know where it came from? Fill out the form below and we can help you track down your puppy’s breeder! 


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