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Petland continues to raise standards for breeders

New policy increases requirements for company stores

(Chillicothe, OH, October 5, 2015) – For more than 45 years, Petland has been a leader in animal welfare and the pet industry. As part of our mission to make sure all the dogs in our country are treated humanely, we continually seek to meet and improve standards of care in our stores and across the entire industry. As part of our efforts, we’ve worked with the USDA, the AKC, animal welfare groups, the veterinarian and academic community to improve animal welfare. 

Adding to efforts to encourage better breeding standards, effective October 1, 2015, Petland company stores will only source puppies from shelters and rescues, hobby breeders and USDA-licensed breeders who have no direct violations within the previous two years.

These increased standards add to the requirements our breeders already meet or exceed, bolstering specifically the requirement concerning violations on USDA inspection reports. By limiting the breeders we buy from to only those who have no recent history direct violations, we restrict further the already selective pool of responsible breeders.

"This decision to increase the requirements for professional breeders selling to Petland is yet another example of our commitment and responsibility related to animal care," said Joe Watson, president and CEO of Petland.

"Annually Petland and our franchisees conduct numerous on-site breeder visits, attend various state breeder conferences and sponsor a breeder education forum in conjunction with the USDA along with the American Kennel Club", said Brian Winslow, Director of Animal Welfare Education. "Petland speaks at many breeder conferences to the need for improved standards through increased space, exercise and socialization."

To supply a Petland store, a breeder must: 

  • Abide and be in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations related to dog safety, housing and nutrition,
  • Appropriate socialization and exercise specific for the breed.
  • Consult with a veterinarian to provide good medical care for the dogs and create a comprehensive care plan.
  • Maintain written records of medical care and observations. 
  • Provide appropriate vaccinations, dewormings, and preventative protocols. 
  • Provide a state-issued health certificate from the state of origin and signed and attested to by a licensed veterinarian.


Petland supports science-based efforts for the improvement of animal welfare standards.



Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador. For more than 47 years, Petland Pet Counselors have been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right person and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already have pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond. Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information on Petland, visit www.petland.com.