About Pet Stores


Pet Stores are the most transparent and most regulated source to obtain your new best friend. Buying a puppy from a local Pet Store will ensure that the puppy you purchase has been well cared for from breeder to pet store and that the parents of the puppy are also well taken care of.

●  The United States Department of Agriculture regulates the Breeders and the Dealer, as well as the Transportation company used to bring those puppies to the Pet Store.

●  Individual States Agriculture Departments also oversee and inspect these Breeders and Distributers.

●  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates who can drive the mobile kennels that transport the puppies to the Pet Stores.

●  Local Agriculture Departments and Health Departments oversees, regulates, and inspects pet stores.

●  Local Municipalities and Governments also regulate Pet Stores. For example, certain states require pet stores only to deal with breeders who have no direct violations during recent inspections.
Pet Store Puppies Stats

Mandatory Warrantees


Pet Store Puppies are the only puppies available for sale that come with mandatory health warrantees over seen by the state where they are sold. Below you will find the mandatory health warrantees offer from Pet Stores in each state. This information was collected by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

State Warrantee Options
Arizona
15 days for illness, injury or defect 60 days for congenital or hereditary conditions
1. Return for reimbursement of purchase price
2. Replacement and reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees not to exceed the original purchase price of the animal
3. Retain the animal and receive reimbursement for veterinary bills not to exceed the purchase price
Massachusetts
14 days for disease or congenital disorder
1. Replacement
2. Refund
Minnesota
10 days for health problem 1 year for congenital or hereditary defects or misrepresentation of breed
If death occurs:
1. Replacement and reimbursement for reasonably veterinary fees up to the purchase price
2. Refund of full purchase price
If the animal does not die:
1. Replacement
2. Refund of full purchase price
3. Reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees up to the purchase price of the animal
Nebraska
The law requires a purchaser to have the pet examined by a licensed veterinarian within 7 business days after delivery of the animal Remedy is available for: 7 days for serious health problems that the veterinarian believes existed at the time of delivery of the pet 15 months after the date of birth of the pet for serious health problems or if the animal has died from a serious health problem that existed at the time of delivery to the purchaser Serious health problem means a congenital or hereditary defect or contagious disease that causes severe illness or death but does not include parvovirus if the diagnosis is made after the seven-business day requirement or any other contagious disease that causes severe illness or death ten calendar days after delivery of the pet animal to the purchaser.
1. A refund of the full purchase price upon return of the animal to the seller
2. an exchange for a pet animal of purchaser's choice of equivalent value or
3. Reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees, not to exceed the full purchase price
If the animal does not die:
1. refund of the full purchase price or
2. a pet of the purchaser's choice of equivalent value and reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees not to exceed one-half of the full purchase price of the pet animal
Nevada
10 days for illness, disease, terminal condition, or condition requiring immediate hospitalization or surgery
1. Refund of purchase price
2. Exchange

3. Retain the animal and receive reimbursement in an amount not to exceed the purchase price of the pet, for expenses incurred for veterinary fees
New Hampshire
14 days for disease
1. Replacement within 2 business days of veterinary examination
2. Refund of full purchase price within 2 business days of veterinary examination
New Jersey
14 days if animal becomes sick or dies of a non-congenital condition 6 months for congenital or hereditary defects
If death occurs:
1. Refund of purchase price of animal

2. Replacement plus the cost of veterinary fees

If the animal does not die:

1. Replacement plus the cost of veterinary fees

2. Refund of purchase price plus the cost of veterinary fees

3. Reimbursement of veterinary fees incurred and future veterinary fees to be incurred in attempting to cure the animal
New York
14 days for illness, contagious or infectious disease 180 days if a licensed veterinarian certifies such animal to be unfit for purchase due to a congenital malformation which adversely affects the health of the animal
1. Replacement plus the cost of veterinary fees directly related to certification that animal is unfit for purchase
2. Right to return the animal and receive an exchange animal of the consumer's choice of equivalent value and reasonable veterinary costs directly related to the veterinarian's certification that the animal is unfit for purchase

3. Reimbursement of veterinary fees for curing or attempting to cure the animal, up to the purchase price
Oregon
15 days if the purchaser has the dog examined by a veterinarian and the examination reveals that the dog is diseased One year if the purchaser has the dog examined by a veterinarian and the examination reveals that the dog has a congenital disorder that significantly limits the dog's quality of life. In order to receive a remedy, the purchaser must notify the dealer within 4 days of the veterinary examination
1. Refund
2. Replacement; or

3. Reimbursement of veterinary costs up to the purchase price of the animal
Pennsylvania
10 days if the dog is clinically ill or dies from contagious or infectious disease or parasitic illness 30 days for congenital or hereditary defects
1. Replacement
2. Refund of purchase price

3. Reimbursement of reasonable veterinary fees incurred in curing or attempting to cure the dog, up to the purchase price
Rhode Island
20 days for illness, disease or other defect 2 years for congenital or hereditary condition
1. Return for purchase price plus veterinary fees up to the purchase price
2. Exchange plus reimbursement of veterinary fees up to the purchase price

3. Retain the animal and receive reimbursement of veterinary fees up to the original purchase price
Arkansas
10 days for illness, congenital malformation, contagious, or infectious disease
Reimbursement of veterinary expenses to treat the dog up to the purchase price of the dog
South Carolina
14 days if certified unfit for purchase due to non-congenital cause or condition 6 months for congenital or hereditary disease
If death occurs within 14 days of possession by purchaser:
1. Refund

2. Replacement plus reimbursement of veterinary fees incurred before death

If the animal does not die:

1. Replacement plus the cost of veterinary fees up to 50% of the purchase price

2. Refund plus the cost of veterinary fees up to 50% of the purchase price

3. Reimbursement of veterinary fees up to 50% of the purchase price
Vermont
7 days for illness or contagious or infectious disease 1 year for congenital malformation or hereditary disease
1. Return with a full refund including tax and reasonable veterinary fees.
2. Return and exchange for an animal of equivalent value and reimbursement of reasonable veterinary costs

3. Reimbursement of veterinary fees related to curing or attempting to cure the animal, up to the purchase price
Virginia
10 days for contagious or infectious disease 10 days for congenital or hereditary disease 14 days for parvovirus
1. The right to return the animal or, in the case of an animal that has died, to present the veterinary certification, within three business days of certification and receive a refund of the purchase price including sales tax; or
2. The right to return the animal or, in the case of an animal that has died, to present the veterinary certification, within three business days of certification and to receive an exchange animal of equivalent value from the dealer, subject to the choice of the consumer.; or

3. In the case of an animal purchased from a pet shop or a USDA licensed dealer, the right to retain the animal and to receive the reimbursement of veterinary fees in an amount up to the purchase price of the animal, including sales tax and the cost of the veterinary certification, incurred up to the time the consumer notifies the pet dealer of the intent to keep the animal. Such notification shall occur within three business days of certification. Veterinary costs incurred by the consumer after such notification shall be the responsibility of the consumer.
California
15 days for illness or disease 1 year for congenital or hereditary defects
1. Replacement plus reimbursement for veterinary expenses related to diagnosis and treatment, up to the purchase price of the dog
2. Refund of purchase price plus reimbursement for veterinary expenses up to the purchase price of the dog

3. Reimbursement of veterinary expenses up to 150% of the purchase price of the dog
Connecticut
20 days for illness existing at the time of sale 6 months for congenital defects
1. Reimbursement of the value of the actual services and medications provided to such dog or cat by a veterinarian for the treatment of such illness or congenital defect.
Reimbursement shall not exceed (I) the full purchase price of such dog or cat for any dog or cat purchased for five hundred dollars or more, and (II) five hundred dollars for any dog or cat purchased for less than five hundred dollars.

2. Replacement

3. Refund of full purchase price
Delaware
20 days for illness, disease or defect 2 years for congenital or hereditary conditions
1. Return and refund of purchase price plus reasonable veterinary fees not to exceed the purchase price
2. Exchange and reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees not to exceed the purchase price

3. Retain the animal and receive reimbursement for reasonable veterinary fees not to exceed the purchase price
Florida
14 days for illness, contagious or infectious disease 1 year for congenital or hereditary defects 1 year for misrepresentation of breed, sex, or health of animal
1. Replacement plus reimbursement for veterinary expenses (directly related to examination and certification) up to the purchase price
2. Refund plus reimbursement for veterinary expenses (directly related to examination and certification) up to the purchase price

3. Reimbursement of veterinary expenses to treat the dog up to the purchase price of the dog
Illinois
21 days due to: (A) illness or disease, the presence of symptoms of a contagious or infectious disease, or obvious signs of severe parasitism that are extreme enough to influence the general health of the animal, excluding fleas or ticks (B) the dog or cat has died from a disease that existed in the dog or cat on or before the date of delivery to the customer One year due to: congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the dog or cat or requires either hospitalization or a non-elective surgical procedure or has died of a congenital or hereditary condition. Internal or external parasites may not be considered to adversely affect the health of the dog unless the presence of the parasites makes the dog or cat clinically ill
?1. Return the dog or cat to the pet shop for a full refund of the purchase price;
2. Exchange the dog or cat for another dog or cat of comparable value chosen by the customer;

3. Retain the dog or cat and be reimbursed for reasonable veterinary fees for diagnosis and treatment of the dog or cat, not to exceed the purchase price of the dog or cat; or

4. If the dog or cat is deceased, be reimbursed for the full purchase price of the dog or cat plus reasonable veterinary fees associated with the diagnosis and treatment of the dog or cat, not to exceed 2 times the purchase price of the dog or cat.
Maine
10 days for health problems existing before purchase 1 year for hereditary or congenital defects
If death occurs:
1. replacement

2. refund of purchase price

If the animal does not die:

1. return for full refund of purchase price

2. exchange

3. retain and reimbursement for half of reasonable veterinary fees not to exceed half of the original purchase price
Maryland
14 days for disease of illness adversely affecting the health of the dog 180 days for congenital or hereditary condition adversely affecting the health of the dog or that requires hospitalization or a non-elective surgical procedure
1. Return the dog for a full refund of the purchase price
2. Replacement

3. Retain the dog and be reimbursed by the retail pet store for reasonable and documented veterinary fees for diagnosis and treatment of the dog, not exceeding the purchase price of the dog.

Buying From A Pet Store VS Online


Compare

Can meet the puppy before purchasing

Store

Online


See the conditions the Puppy is kept in


Able to view paper work before purchase


Strict Regulations


Higher Standards For Breeders


Ability to visit with a large variety of puppies


Ability to visit with a large variety of breeds


Ability to purchase puppy and supplies


Offers lifetime support



Pet Stores are only responsible for about 2% of all dogs sold


Quick Facts About Pet Store Puppies

●  Puppies from Pet Stores receive more veterinary care and over sight during the 1st 12 weeks of age than any other source of puppies.

●  According to the ASPCA, Pet Stores are only responsible for about 2% of all dogs sold.

●  Pet Stores can only source from Federally Licensed and Inspected Dog Breeders and Hobby Breeders.

●  Pet Stores will guarantee their puppies, even if the state does not have a puppy lemon law.

●  You can find puppies registered with all of the large dog registry‚Äôs such as American Kennel Club (AKC), American Canine Association (ACA), and American Pet Registry (APRI) .

●  Pet Store Puppies sometimes come from direct champion lines or proven working lines.

Buying From A Pet Store VS "Rescue"


Compare

Know the history of the puppy

Store

"Rescue"


Comes with Guarantees


Always bred in the USA


Strict Regulations


Believes in Freedom of Choice


Transparency of Sourcing


Ability to visit with a large variety of puppies


Ability to visit with a large variety of breeds


Ability to purchase puppy and supplies


Offers lifetime support




Pet Store Slander


Animal Rights Groups and Rescue Groups who profit when there is less Pet Stores use horrible images to lie and manipulate the public into thinking Pet Store Puppies come from substandard Breeders.

Take a look at the pictures below. These are common pictures used against pet stores however none of them were photographed at kennels that supply pet stores. Furthermore, these breeders are not even in the United States. If you want to see the actually breeding facilities that supply pet stores visit Breeder Pictures

Puppy Mill Pictures

Why Would A Responsible Breeder Sell To A Pet Store?