Question: How Do You Spot A Pet Scammer?

How do I know if a breeder is legit?

Ask if the breeder is a member of an AKC-affiliated club and contact that club to verify membership or check recent listings of available AKC Litters from breeders.

You can also check with the BBB (www.bbb.org) and the AKC (919-233-9767) to see if there are any complaints about the breeder.

How do you not get scammed when buying a puppy?

Tips for Avoiding Online Pet Scams

If they do give the phone numbers, call and ask questions. If the seller says they are in a particular state but asks you to send money elsewhere, especially another country, avoid it. If the seller/breeder is not located in the US, avoid it.

How do I report a pet scammer?

If you suspect, or have been victimized by, a pet scam, report it to:

  • the Federal Trade Commission (online or at 877-382-4357)
  • the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), if the scam occurred online.
  • the BBB Scam Tracker.
  • PetScams.com, an online watchdog that catalogs and reports on pet-related fraud.

How do I buy a dog online without getting scammed?

Consider adopting from a shelter or rescue club.

The easiest way to avoid an online scam is to adopt from a local shelter or breed rescue club. Adopting instead of shopping online will eliminate all risks associated with buying online, including having your money stolen or never receiving your dog.

Why are breeders bad?

Breeding Trouble

Inbreeding causes painful and life-threatening genetic defects in “purebred” dogs and cats, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, and epilepsy. Distorting animals for specific physical features also causes severe health problems.

How do you know if a breeder is registered?

You can also find out if a breeder is in good standing with the AKC by contacting AKC Customer Service at 919-233-9767 or info@akc.org. Don’t rely on the phone. Go in person. The best way to get to know a breeder is to meet in person, which might be at their kennel or in their home.

How do vets not get scammed?

Ask about the common procedures, like vaccines, checkups, neutering and spaying. Plan on going to at least three vets before you decide on one. Make a mental note of just how clean the environment is when you look around. In addition, do not forget to ask for discounts from your vet.

Is Gooddog com legit?

Good Dog, Inc. is a resource for consumers seeking information about reputable breeders, shelters and rescue organizations which help to place dogs in suitable homes.

How many dogs in shelters are purebred?

It’s estimated that 25 to 30 percent of dogs in the shelter system are purebreds. Of the 9,000 animals dying in America’s shelters each day, over a quarter are the types of dogs fetching high prices via retail outlets.

How do I buy a dog online safely?

How to Safely Buy a Puppy Online

  1. Step 1: Educate yourself. 1000’s of quality breeders use NextDayPets.com.
  2. Step 2: Protect yourself when buying online.
  3. Step 3: Initiate communication with the seller.
  4. Step 4: Interview the seller.
  5. Step 5: Purchase safely.

Can you buy animals online?

There is no law as such that can prevent you from buying animals online. I see frequent ads of pets for sale on so-called reputable sites such as Indiamart. So, the answer to your question is – YES. Buying any kind of animal isn’t worth it – be it online or offline.

How do I buy a dog safely?

Where to get a puppy

  • Consider adoption first.
  • Find a responsible breeder and visit the premises.
  • Don’t get a puppy from a pet store.
  • Don’t believe promises that puppies are “home-raised” or “family-raised”
  • Avoid the temptation to “rescue” a puppy mill dog by buying them.
  • Do your part: Pledge to help stop puppy mills!