Those of you that visit the Daily Dachshund and Dog News regularly may have noticed that sometimes there are some less than savoury looking ads. I’m talking about the puppy ads that come and go.
I have been meaning to set up the ad filter to get rid of puppy ads for some time, but despite my good intentions, I just hadn’t gotten around to it so I must plead guilty of neglect. That changes as of today, however.
After watching Oprah’s episode on puppy mills — where they said that, along with pet stores, the internet is the biggest source of puppy mill sales — I have decided to be vigilant about these ads and enlist your help.
If you see an ad on this site that you suspect is a puppy mill ad, please copy and paste it and e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s more, I will work with other dog news publishers and bloggers to create a composite list that we can all use to get rid of puppy mill advertisements. As of now, the sites that I do not allow to advertise here and at the Scottish Terrier and Dog News are nextdaypets.com, Kijiji.ca, shopzilla.com and dachshundsavvy.com.
If anyone else has any further suggestions about what can be done with regard to the ads and internet puppy sales, please let me know.
It goes without saying that no reputable breeder would sell a puppy over the internet although certainly many people do indeed discover the breeders they will eventually buy from on the internet.
Update: Thanks to all the readers who sent links to potential puppy mill advertisers. Please remember that many of you see different ads than I do based on your location. You may spot something that I never see.
To the first commenter who asked, “Don’t you think that there are reliable honest breeders that have websites?” the answer is I certainly do. And I also think websites can be a great starting point in your search for a dog.
The point is absolutely not to penalize breeders with websites, which are a great informational tool. What I want to do is eliminate the breeders who are advertising indiscriminately and willing to ship puppies to people they’ve never met. The Pet Blog has a good post on how to identify a potential puppy mill.
The Daily Doxie also offers breeders lists, which we have done our best to vet. We are happy to list any reputable DAchshund breeder and will investigate any suspicious operations on the page. Just send us an e-mail at email@example.com.