Where Pet Store Puppies Come From


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! Please read the links below 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. Florida
  4. Illinois
  5. Iowa 
  6. Kansas
  7. Massachusetts 
  8. Michigan
  9. Minnesota
  10. Nebraska 
  11. Nevada
  12. New Jersey
  13. New York 
  14. Pennsylvania
  15. South Dakota
  16. Texas
  17. Virginia
  18. Washington
  19. Wisconsin

And let’s not forget about puppy mills that lie and say they are rescues. 

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


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!