North Dakota Puppy Store Sourcing

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All research and information was done by the research team at Bailing Out Benji and therefore must be cited as such when shared or quoted.

“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 pet store owners know it, the employees might know it- but the customer is completely in the dark.

This is why we are here.

Bailing Out Benji is a small nonprofit that started in Ames, Iowa and now has volunteer teams all over the country who are dedicated to raising awareness about the puppy mill industry.

Volunteers from Bailing Out Benji devote their free time to researching puppy mills to create puppy mill maps for the worst states, as well as raise awareness about notorious pet stores and breeding operations with huge violations. This includes obtaining CVI data (Certificates of Veterinary Inspections) and making those reports public.


-Before an animal is transported out of state, a veterinarian, accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), must examine the animal for signs of “infectious, contagious or communicable disease” and, if no disease is found, sign the certificate for approval to transport.


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

R&J’s World of Pets- 3010 S Broadway, Minot, ND 58701

  1. Adorable Puppy, Judy Maassen & John Maassen. Rock Valley, Iowa- 208 adult dogs, 61 puppies, 24 adult cats, and 12 kittens


North Dakota is home to other pet stores that sell puppies including, but not limited to: Paw and Claw Pet Palace (34 W Villard St, Dickinson); Pets R Inn Fargo (West Acres Mall. 3902 13th Ave SW, Fargo); Pets R Inn Grand Forks (Columbia Mall. 2800 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks). We don’t currently have data on where these stores obtain their puppies but we will update this article as we know more. 


For more ways you can help the dogs trapped in puppy mills , click here.

For more information, please visit our main page Bailing Out Benji. We also have educational materials that you can print to hang up in your own area.

©Bailing Out Benji 2023

** To those consumers that have bought a family member and are wondering about their actual background -please feel free to fill out the form below with any questions that you have and we will confidentially research the breeder your pup came from.