For Curious Puppies
Our foundation database of breeders, rescuers and other merchants is unique. It took more than a year to construct before being released to the public.
While other websites have listings added here and there by everyday people, our foundation database—thousands of breeders and rescuers—was built on specifically targeted investigative journalism into the merchants offering dogs for sale. And we apply this same research principle to every new listing that the public contributes, adding our own investigative information to the reviews of everyday dog lovers.
Because nowadays, a lot of dog merchants do business under multiple names. They make it hard for dog lovers to find any meaningful information about their business practices.
As an example, you may be searching for information about “dog breeder Kathy Smith” and finding nothing online. Here at DogMerchants.com, our database will show that “Kathy Smith” also does business as “Diamond Star Labradors,” and that the same cellphone number for that business also is the contact number for “Morning Glory Cavaliers,” which has the same email address as “Top of the Mountain Shepherds.” Even if “Kathy Smith” has three separate websites to make the Labrador, Cavalier and Shepherd businesses look unrelated, a search at DogMerchants.com will inform you about the true nature of her practices and let you see reviews from other people who have gotten dogs from any of her businesses.
In fact, not only will our database listing pull up all that information for you at once, but if any of those businesses have been covered in the news or in animal-cruelty court cases, we’ll often have that available for you in a single click, too.
Never. Absolutely, unequivocally no.
In fact, DogMerchants.com doesn’t even accept advertising from rescuers, breeders or any other merchant that sells dogs. The site was built for dog lovers to exchange honest information about every dog merchant. We exist first and foremost for the good of dogs everywhere, not for the financial gain of people selling them.
Even worse, Kim realized, was that the millions upon millions of dog lovers like her had never come together as conscious consumers. We go to a website to rate hotels. We go to a website to rate restaurants. We go to a website to rate books. Why have we not come together at a single website to compile everything we know about breeders and rescuers, to promote the best and expose the worst?
Kim then used her two decades’ worth of journalism and web-development experience to build DogMerchants.com. It is a website built by a dog lover, for all dog lovers—and for the benefit of all dogs, everywhere.
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And then there’s the fact that anybody can hang out a sign and offer a dog “for sale” or “adoption” from their backyard. You may be the first person to encounter the dog merchant, in which case it’s up to you to let all of us other dog lovers know that the merchant even exists.
For these dog merchants, it’s especially important for dog lovers to come together and write reviews. Regulators don’t know they exist. Lawmakers don’t know they exist. Animal-welfare police don’t know they exist. We dog lovers, by crowdsourcing what we know here on DogMerchants.com, are the only check and balance between these people and the dogs in their care.
In fact, other dog lovers would love to know not only how your experience was with the breeder or rescuer, but also how your dog is doing at age 3, or 7, or 13. If you’ve had a great experience, that’s fantastic. If you’ve had a lifetime of veterinary bills or problems with the dog merchant, that’s something other dog lovers want to know, too.
Our opinion here at DogMerchants.com is that dog lovers should think twice before doing business with any breeder or rescuer who demands such a contract clause in the first place. Anyone who says, “Take the dog and never speak of this deal again” doesn’t sound very reputable to us.
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Please do! Use the contact buttons at the top or bottom of this page to send us additional contact information such as your street address, phone number, email, website, Facebook page, Twitter page, photographs, company logo and URLs from YouTube videos. We’ll add them to your listing for you.
In fact, the more information we have about you, the more time dog lovers will spend on your listing getting to know you. If you are a responsible dog merchant, that should only help your reputation.
We know there are responsible breeders, just as there are responsible rescuers. We also know there are irresponsible breeders, just as there are irresponsible rescuers. We don’t believe in calling them names. We believe in gathering and publishing information about them, for all dog lovers to see and evaluate.
Our goal is to use the crowdsourcing power of tens of millions of dog owners. A critical mass of reviews, paired with our investigative journalism into dog merchants of all kinds, will ultimately expose the truth about all breeders, rescuers, pet stores, shelters, veterinarians and anyone else who takes money in exchange for a dog.
Absolutely. We encourage you to do so. Simply log into the site and click to add a comment under the review. Carry on a conversation. Make your point however you see fit.
With one caveat: Just as with the reviews posted by dog lovers, we will check your comments for profanity and the like, but we will never otherwise alter your words. We know there are multiple sides to every story, and you are welcome to tell yours here, just like everyone else.
You can’t. We know other websites let you pay to game the system, but we’re not those kinds of people. We’re not here to take your money and create paid advertisements for your breeding program or rescue group. We’re here to help dog lovers find honest information about you, and that means no dog merchant gets an advantage over anybody else.
Plain and simple: Your listing will show up at the top of the page if it is the best match for the search terms that the dog lover typed.
Yes, if you are a person or company selling products that are intended for all dogs–things like dog food, collars, beds and toys. Click the “advertise” button at the bottom of this page. We’d love to hear from you.
No, if you are a person or company who exchanges money for dogs–whether you call it a sale, an adoption or anything else. We don’t take money from dog merchants of any kind, because we want dog lovers to know that our listings are honest and untainted by cash changing hands.