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Since being homebound, a lot of families have decided to use this time to introduce a new family member into their home. A puppy! Unfortunately for many, buying a puppy online lands them as victims of these trending scams.
The online puppy scamming process goes something like this:
The process of the online “breeders” is the same. They ask for a deposit to be sent over right away and will then agree on a time and place to meet the Buyer. When the time comes, the “breeders” don’t show up at the agreed time and place.
The most popular breeds used by scammers are Yorkshire Terriers, French Bulldogs, Pomeranians, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Typically the more popular, but harder to obtain breeds.
Some areas have been getting so many reports of these scams that local Sheriff Offices are sending out text messages to alert the community.
While I fully understand that rescuing an older dog or puppy isn’t always the right option for some families, I encourage everyone to explore it as an option.
There are some situations when buying from a breeder is the only option. And there is nothing wrong with that. But there is something wrong with supporting irresponsible and unethical breeding.
Start off on the right foot of pet ownership. Always take the time to research and learn the qualities of a reputable breeder and support the ones closest to you before buying any puppy.
As passionate I am about rescuing, I believe it is far more productive to educate people on how to support reputable breeders than shaming them for not rescuing instead. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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