December 2nd is National Mutt Day and there are many people out there who will be looking for a four-legged companion on this day. Your BBB® wants you to know that this is also puppy scammers’ favorite time of the year, so read and stay informed:
1. Do your research.
The easiest way to see if an ad is real or not is to right click on the picture and select Search Google for this image. If the picture shows up on other websites, you know for sure it’s a scam. But there’s more you can do: ask the breeder if they are AKC certified and call the AKC club (919-233-9767) to verify that information. You can also give your BBB and AKC a call to check up on the breeder.
2. Red flag: the breeder is overly concerned with the money!
A reputable breeder will always be more concerned with the puppy’s safety and the appropriateness of its future home than with the financial side of things. Be particularly wary of people who ask you to wire money and don’t pay for any last-minute additional fees like shipping, vaccines etc.
3. Avoid slick web sites.
Most scammers put a lot of effort into it, so the fact that the web site is professionally made doesn’t mean that their business is legit. Always ask to meet the breeder and the puppy in person before you pay and don’t forget to do your research first!
4. Stay Informed.
If a breeder says they have multiple breeds available for immediate shipping, that’s probably not true. The chances for a puppy to be ready right when you call are very slim- gestation, socialization and other essential factors take months and no puppy should be separated from their litter before 2 months of age.
9 million dogs become homeless every year
On National Mutt Day, avoid all puppy scams by adopting one of the 1.2 million dogs that risk euthanasia each year. According to the ASPCA, only 35% of the dogs entering shelters are adopted, 26% of the strays go back to their owners and 31% are euthanized. 29% of the people who abandon their dogs say that their place or residence doesn’t allow pets, so make sure to check with your landlord before adopting or buying a new puppy.
Happy National Mutt Day!
For more information you can trust, visit www.bbb.org/evansville or call (812) 473-0202!