CONSUMER ADVISORY: BEWARE OF PURCHASING PUPPIES FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES

The following are some tips before purchasing a pet from a private seller:

  • Make sure a veterinarian has checked the animal’s health. Request vaccination records from the seller and call to confirm the records with the veterinarian. Animals can be vaccinated as early as 6 weeks but must be 16 weeks or older before they can receive their rabies vaccine.
  • Don’t purchase an animal on a street corner, in an alley or parking lot, or at a swap meet.
  • Cash transactions can’t be traced back to the seller. Don’t pay cash. Ask for a receipt. Make sure your receipt includes an imprint of the seller’s name, address and license number.
  • Try to meet the seller where the animal has been living. The animal’s living conditions in the first months of life could have a long-term effect on their health and/or behavior. A responsible seller cares for their animals in a clean and sanitary environment.