Buyer Advice:

We encourage people to buy from our members because we believe that you can buy a puppy from a full member of the AAPDB with confidence that

  • the puppy has been raised in a healthy environment,
  • that the puppy’s parents have been well looked after,
  • that you will receive follow up care.
  • You will have the option to pick your puppy up personally,
  • Your Puppy will already be de-sexed or a de-sexing Voucher will be provided with your Contract of Sale,
  • Your breeder will take your dog back if it becomes homeless.

 

If you are purchasing a puppy from a Probationary AAPDB member who has not yet undertaken our Audit or from someone who is not a member of an  Audited and Recognised Association then you should:

  • Visit and meet the parents to see how your puppy is raised and what their temperament is like,
  • If this is genuinely not possible then
    • Ask for photos of the puppy and it’s parents,
    • Ask for the microchip number of the puppy,
    • Ask to speak to the breeders veterinarian,
    • Ask to speak to other people who have brought puppies from the breeder. 

AAPDB has recently created our own Advertising Platform on our website and only Audited Full members of the AAPDB can advertise here. 

Unfortunately  scams are a common feature of life these days and sadly new puppy purchasers are now a common target for scammers. Don’t fall for a scammers puppy dog eyes. 

We are aware of advertisements using false AAPDB numbers, or using the numbers of existing members. to sell puppies from sub-standard breeders, or even to sell puppies which don’t exist. 

Remember that if it looks too good to be true then it probably is. 

  1. Make sure you are speaking to a person.
  2. Once contact has been made ,speak to the person directly.
  3. Don’t organise to buy your puppy via text message or via email alone.
  4. Ask for Pictures.
  5. Ask for recommendations.
  6. Ask for Identification.
  7. Ask to see Member Verification.
  8. Ask for the microchip number.
  9. Ask to speak to the Vet Clinic that has Vaccinated the puppy and completed the Puppy Health check.
  10. Beware if you are not allowed to choose your puppy in person or meet the parents.
  11. If possible pick your puppy up directly from the breeder.
  12. Don’t deposit money into any accounts until you are certain you are not being scammed.
  13. Especially do not deposit money into any ATM or perform card less cash.
  14. Do not buy gift cards and provide people with numbers. 

Please be careful.  we know it is exciting to finally find your new family member but please be sure that there is a puppy and that it is coming from a good ethical breeder.

 

References which may help:

  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission(ACCC) has some great articles and scam lists. Just type in Puppy Scams.
  • Scamwatch is an Australia Wide Site but every State and Territory in Australia also has it’s own site, these sites will list most current scams but is definitely not a complete or final list of all scams.
  • Don’t Fall for a Scammers Puppy Dog Eyes is a great read for everyone.
  • Scamnet in Western Australia has just managed to close down several  puppy scam websites.
  • they have a great page on Kitten and Puppy Scams .
  • IPATA has an enormous list of scammers websites and email addresses of pet scammers, the list is currently up to the beginning of March 2019 but is in no means a complete list, just because a name does not appear on the list this does not mean it is not a scam.
  • If you have been a victim of a scam or you know of anyone else that has fallen Victim to a scam ,please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000. It is not OK to be scammed and unless these problems are reported the problem will continue to rise. 

Why you can be confident to buy from an AAPDB member: 

 AAPDB Members are expected to abide by our Code Of Ethics and will treat you with respect. 

Please refer to our code of ethics and if you believe one of our members has breached this Code please file a complaint through our complaints form.

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    Why Buy From an AAPDB Breeder:

    We encourage people to buy from our members because we believe that you can buy a puppy from a full member of the AAPDB with confidence.

    Why you can be confident to buy from an AAPDB member: 

    AAPDB Members are expected to abide by our Code Of Ethics and will treat you with respect. 

    Professional organisations also committed to excellence in the Pet Industry

    Pets AustraliaPet Industry Association