PuppySpot Partners with American Humane to Strengthen Dog Breeding Standards Nationwide
PuppySpot, a marketplace that helps dog lovers find puppies from screened and verified breeders nationwide, has collaborated with American Humane, a national humane organization, to elevate standards and help establish industry-wide accountability for ethical practices among responsible breeders.
PuppySpot, as part of its ongoing efforts to help develop and institute best practices for breeders, approached American Humane and agreed to open its operation to outside, third-party review. American Humane's animal welfare experts and independent researchers and veterinarians will be thoroughly examining PuppySpot's breeders, practices and policies with the goal of identifying ways to further improve the welfare and humane treatment of canines, starting with PuppySpot and then extending those best practices to all breeders, said company officials.
For more than a decade PuppySpot has placed puppies with thousands of families from screened and vetted breeders with a focus on expanded health and welfare standards.
"As the independent voice dedicated solely to animal well-being, we could not turn down the opportunity to help identify and implement changes that will better the lives of dogs in this country," said Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., and president and CEO of American Humane. "We are committed to better animal welfare throughout the community and encourage the public to support local shelters, rescue groups and only humane breeders in order to put inhumane puppy mills out of business. While this latest effort is in its very early stages, we intend to bring our extensive animal welfare knowledge along with the bright light of transparency to the dog breeding world."
PuppySpot's current breeder standards are guided by the PuppySpot Scientific Advisory Board, which is comprised of recognized experts in veterinary medicine, animal sciences and dog welfare. Every member of the PuppySpot breeder community must pass a comprehensive, proprietary 100-plus point screening process that goes above and beyond USDA and state regulations, according to the company. PuppySpot's aims to work with only the highest quality, most responsible breeders in the country.
"We are proud to work with American Humane to further our commitment to ensure exceptional conditions among responsible dog breeders," said Jonathan Cherins, CEO of PuppySpot. "We are a community of dog lovers, and our mission is to make lives better by placing healthy puppies into happy homes. American Humane is uniquely positioned to help us keep that promise."