For nearly 4 years, Safari Stan’s Pet Center has worked to develop state of the art standards for its retail pet stores. One of the many parts essential to creating that environment is where we get our puppies and kittens. All of our puppies and kittens come from USDA licensed breeders.
What does that mean?
USDA licensed breeders
- Commercial Breeders are Professional Breeders
- USDA licensed and inspected by the federal government
- Often AKC inspected
- Subject to the Animal Welfare Act
- Mandatory record keeping of Veterinarian visits, health checks, vaccinations and kennel protocols.
- Mandatory housing covering soundness of construction, ventilation, temperature, adequate size, flooring, walls and safe surfaces.
- Properly trained staff
- Mandatory animal identification
- Documentation of pet history
- Compatible grouping of dogs for safety and socialization.
- All animals must receive adequate exercise, daily feeding and watering, and be housed in a clean and sanitized environment.
- There are approximately 1,800 licensed, regulated breeders in the United States
NON USDA licensed breeders
- Unlicensed and uninspected
- Not a legal operation
- Very little if any accurate breed record
- No veterinarian care
- Poor housing
- Poor sanitation
- Horrific condition, dogs exposed to the elements, no exercise not socialization
- Little to no staff and not trained
- HSUS estimates there are approximately 9,000 unlicensed and unregulated breeders in the United States
Pet Store Facts
- 2% of people get their puppies/dogs from a pet store
- 26% of dogs are purchased from breeders
- 20-30% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues
The majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members.
Major studies from the University of California at Davis and NCPPSP (National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy), consistently show that pet store dogs relinquished to shelters was statistically insignificant.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) declared that “breeders who sell puppies for resale to brokers or pet stores are required to be federally licensed and inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But a gaping loophole in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations has allowed commercial breeders who sell puppies online, by mail, or over the phone to evade oversight.”