Selling Dogs In Pet Stores

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?     In our most recent podcast with Pet Product News editor-in-chief, Carol Boker, the topic of selling pets, particularly dogs, came up in the conversation. While she believes if “done right” it can be OK for store owners and certainly makes buying a dog easy for the consumer, is it ever really right for the dog? I mean, what kind of “good” breeder feels more comfortable about selling their puppies to an anonymous buyer in a pet store? My feeling, is that pet stores should have a rack of cages and invite the local shelter to bring in as many puppies, grown dogs, cats and kittens as they can accommodate. This will still generate the “Oooh” “Ahhh” factor of having cute furry animals in the store but they’ll be facilitating adoptions of unwanted animals rather than contributing to the financial success of back yard breeders and puppy mills which, (and I don’t care what anyone tells you) are the major benefactors of selling puppies in pet stores.

This would still contribute to the store’s profitability by being able to sell supplies, food, etc. And, the store becomes part of the solution for animal overpopulation rather than part of the problem. The dog receives a new forever home, the store makes a couple of bucks, it’s pretty much win-win. What’s the downside? Thoughts?

3 responses to “Selling Dogs In Pet Stores

  1. Gabby's Pet Depot

    We actually do both. We have 6 breeders that we know and trust to showcase their puppies in our petting pen. (We do not believe in putting dogs in cages). To adopt an AKC puppy in our store can take up to 72 hours because we have a 30 page adoption questionnaire. We do veterinary background, credit check, criminal background check, and validation of property ownership through land records. Questionable applicants are reviewed with the breeder and the breeder has the final say on the approval process.

    We also work with the local shelters when our breeders do not have pups available. However, the local shelters are less likely to want to agree to our intake criteria and many will not work with our store because of it. We require all dogs over 16 weeks be spade or nuetered. All shots up to date and a veterinary visit every two weeks at the shelter’s expense.

    Both options work equally well for us. We’re not in the business to make money selling dogs. We just want our store to be a fun place for parents to bring their children and for pet lovers to come and visit.

  2. Kudos to you. It sounds like your method should become a template for any pet store considering selling puppies. Not every store is as diligent as you, I’m afriad. But it’s discussions like this that can generate positive ideas and solutions. Thanks for posting! -gene

  3. I think we need to slowdown the breeding of animlas and focus on finding homes for the already born and perfectly adoptable animals in shelters. When literally millions of animals are euthanized annually is there really any justification for breeding more. Those good homes breeders are supplying their animals to could be home to one of those unfortunate souls. After all any one of our animals could end up in a shelter due to circumstances beyond our control. Wouldn’t it be nice to know it would have a better chance of being adopted. Everyone thinks they have the best dog/cat in the world and love them to pieces and maybe that is true, but if they landed in a shelter would they not still be “the best pet” ever and deserve a better chance to live.

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