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Getting a Puppy

Are you in the market for a puppy?

Are you looking for a specific breed? Have you looked into shelter animals and maybe decided that is not for you?


FOUR PAWS has created this handy checklist in order to protect YOU, as well as the puppies.


Abiding by this list will ensure that you are doing everything you can to make sure your dog was bred responsibly (in small litters, infrequently as possible, not inbred, etc), was taken care of during the important early stages of development and allowed to bond with the mother (puppies should not be taken away from their mother until 8 weeks, at the very earliest), and that you are also giving your business to responsible, caring breeders and dog owners. 

There are puppies in shelters who desperately need a loving home. However, if you’re determined to buy, please follow our checklist to make sure you don’t accidentally buy a puppy mill puppy and by doing so, unwittingly support inhumane breeders.