I received an email heads up from the Better Business Bureau about increasing Puppy Scams during this time of the COVID-19 crisis. Many people have been adopting furbabies from shelters, which is awesome. There has also been a higher volume of puppy sales. No judging here from me. Puppies need homes, and if you find one you love, and can take care of the puppy ... Do what makes you Happy.
honey Ted and I have done it both ways. We purchased Huey when we lived in Florida at a store that received puppies at the time from reputable breeders. We did some investigation on them, met with Huey and made sure it was a fit before we brought him home. He was our furbaby for 16 years, before he took a walk on the rainbow bridge.
Last June 2019 with lots of looking, we had the joy of bringing Rudy Roo home adopted from Austin Pets Alive! Parvo survivor! There was alot of searching and research done before we found Rudy. It was a bit of luck that it happened too.
Before we started the search in shelters, we found a few puppies that we thought would be perfect. We saw adds online, and emailed about them. Emails came back with info about them, but always a reference about payment first. There wasn't much of a chance to meet them a head of time. We did a bit more research, and found out all the puppies we were interested in were scams. We found the same cute puppy photos all over the internet in different adds. I had read some stories from others that fell into the trap of the scam. They even went as far as going to meet someone at a location to pick up the puppy, and finding no one there. Money taken with no puppy given.
Having patience and a bit of luck is what got Rudy Roo into the family. It was a frustrating search, and there were some tears involved having the hopes of adopting a furbaby that got a home before you could meet them. Rudy Roo was the right furbaby for us, even though he is way different from Huey. They will both always be an important part of our family.
This is one of the reasons I wanted to get the word out about the growing Puppy Scams happening now. The Better Business Bureau has tips to follow when looking for a pup, and how to avoid falling into the scam. I wish you the best in your puppy search, but realize not everyone has a puppy or your best interest in mind.