How do I find responsible breeders willing to sell to pet stores?

There are two pet stores in this area that sell puppies from puppy mills. I heard the one in the mall sells 20 puppies per week! I can't stand the thought of that many people willing to support those horrible places! I know that most of them are uneducated about where the puppies come from and they just want a companion puppy, not one that will compete in shows or for breeding. I would like to open a pet store that would support adopting from shelters (both of my pups are from the local shelter) or from a rescue group, but that does offer puppies for sale from responsible breeders for people who think they must have a puppy (there are not many puppies at our local shelters) so they don't have to buy from the mall, but they are not supporting puppy mills. Unfortunately, pet stores have such a bad reputation nobody will sell to them. I would counsel and interview each prospective owner to make sure the puppies went to a good home, and would not sell to them if not. Any ideas?

Asked By: 2crazypups - 11/19/2006
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It's darn near impossible to find a responsible breeder that will sell to a pet store (even one that sounds as awesome as yours... More
Answered By: rita_alabama - 11/19/2006
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I would not open a pet store if I were you. Why don't you try to get awareness out in your community about how bad these other pet stores are and maybe you can get them shut down. You could also volunteer your time at the humane society. If you really want to sell animals, become a registered breeder. Responsible... More
Answered By: Lippy - 11/19/2006
There is no reputable, responsible breeder that will EVER sell to a pet store. If the breeder is truly a reputable, responsible breeder, that's a huge never. They screen their applicants and will not sell to 'just anybody'. I'm not saying you are just anybody, you sound concerned with this, but a breeder won't sell... More
Answered By: tejas_yuki - 11/19/2006
If you really want to make sure the new owners are responsible people who are seriously looking for good quality dogs, you should open a pet supply store. Take applications from people and find the dogs yourself from the AKC available puppies list. You could charge a finders fee and then they can buy their supplies... More
Answered By: st.lady - 11/19/2006
It isn't that no one will sell to pet stores because of reputation, but rather responsible and ethical breeders sell their own puppies, screen their own buyers, care about the welfare of each and every puppy that they produce.It is against the breeder code of ethics to sell to pet stores, brokers, wholesalers, etc.
Answered By: Dane Lover - 11/19/2006
Instead of selling puppies, have a breeder referral program. My vets office has one set up. He has info on all the AKC breeds, and a program to help select the right breed for you. Once you do the breed selector(which gives several choices) he gives you the breed club contact info, any local breeders info, and the... More
Answered By: jenn_a - 11/19/2006
We do not need more pet stores to sell puppies no matter how you would screen prospective buyers. There are great breeders who put time, effort and money into their breeding programs and if people would not be so lazy and do some research it would be easy to find these breeders. Ethical breeders would never sell their... More
Answered By: Shepherdgirl - 11/19/2006
How do you KNOW the puppies are from puppy mills and not commercial breeders... More
Answered By: m j - 11/19/2006
No responsible breeder will sell a puppy through a pet store or other third puppy, EVER. We want to personally check out the new homes and make sure they are suitable for the puppy... More
Answered By: Miriam D - 11/20/2006
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