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Hannah Society: Puppy Source Discrepancies

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We believe that until 3-4 million shelter dogs and cats are no longer euthanized each year in the United States, adopting from a rescue is the responsible choice.  The HSUS has outlined (step-by-step) how to find a responsible breeder.  Hannah Society claims their policies are inline with HSUS expectations.  Unfortunately, many of the points below DO NOT match with Hannah Society practices.  Visit their locations.  Ask if they can tell you the source of each specific animal.  Ask if you can meet the  people who own a puppy’s parent OR what shelter they were born in so you can at least go meet the puppy’s mother.  Sadly, designer breed puppies ages 8-12 weeks are NOT found in rescues/shelters as they are bred for profit.  Read on to see why you should question the origination of Hannah Society puppies.

HSUS: How to Find a Responsible Dog Breeder

• Sells puppies only to people he/she has met in person, not to pet stores or to unknown buyers.

• Allows you to visit and willingly shows you all areas where puppies and breeding dogs spend their time.  Those areas are clean, spacious, and well-maintained.

• Doesn’t always have puppies available but may keep a list of interested people for the next available litter or refer people to other responsible breeders.

• Encourages you to spend time with the puppy’s parents – at a minimum, the pup’s mother – when you visit.

• Has a strong relationship with one or more local veterinarians and shows you individual records of veterinary visits for your puppy.

• Explains in detail the potential genetic and developmental problems inherent to the breed and provides documentation that the puppy’s parents and grandparents have been professionally evaluated in an effort to breed those problems out of their puppies.  (This will include testing for genetic diseases for which there are valid testing protocols available.)

• Offers guidance for the care and training of your puppy and is available for assistance after you take your puppy home.

• Provides references from other families who have previously purchased one of their puppies.

• Doesn’t require that you use a specific veterinarian.

http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/find_responsible_dog_breeder.pdf