Covid has left many people are searching for a new puppy for various reasons such as having more time at home to train them, feeling lonely, wanting to do something for their children, or experiencing general depression. They seek the companionship and loyalty of man's best friend! The desperate hunt for a new dog started the first week of March, and there are still loads of new posts on Facebook forums daily. However, there are a limited number of puppies from reputable breeders and those starting their search now are falling victim to scams.
Desperation, low supply, and high demand lead to numerous issues including:
• Panicked shoppers desperate for a puppy.
• Rising costs that have made healthy puppies unaffordable for some households.
• The impatience and annoyance of customers who find it difficult to comprehend why there aren't any puppies available.
• Exhaustion & frustration from breeders who have nothing more to offer.
Around Christmas, the exact same thing takes place. Now you see why this is a perfect storm for two types of people who benefit:
Here are some precautions you can take:
As I've repeatedly mentioned on this page, I don't expect you to rely on my statements regarding any subject matter - I encourage you to conduct your own research. In case you are skeptical about the existence of puppy scams in your area, here are some references covering regions from the east coast to the west coast.
Better Business Bureau Report on Covid Puppy Scams
North Carolina Department of Justice Puppy Scam Alert
Three Oaks Farm Christmas Puppy Scam in Charleston
Concord News Article on Current Puppy Scams
Please take precautions. Please check the shelters in your area, as pets are given up every day due to job loss and other problems. Please choose one or two breeders you trust and join their waiting lists; Before you know it, the ideal puppy will be yours!
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