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 false. 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 in the United States!

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. Arkansas
  3. Colorado 
  4. Connecticut
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Illinois
  10. Indiana
  11. Iowa 
  12. Kansas
  13. Maine
  14. Massachusetts 
  15. Michigan
  16. Minnesota
  17. Missouri
  18. Nebraska 
  19. Nevada
  20. New Hampshire
  21. New Jersey
  22. New York 
  23. North Carolina
  24. Ohio
  25. Pennsylvania
  26. Rhode Island
  27. South Dakota
  28. Tennessee
  29. Texas
  30. Utah
  31. Virginia
  32. Washington
  33. Wisconsin

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

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

Or the online puppy brokering sites like PuppySpot

You can also read our research exposing puppy mill transports during Covid-19 here.

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!



To learn more about how we obtain these pet store records. You can listen to Episode 3 of our podcast “Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills” on your preferred podcast app or watch on Youtube


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