FAQ

Who do I contact if I am interested in a puppy?

You contact the breeder/seller. Puppies posted on Pick A Puppy are posted by individual breeders/sellers. When you click on any puppy’s picture you will be taken to that puppy’s primary page where you will find price and contact information. In order to view price and contact information you must be logged in. Create a free account HERE.

Can I purchase a puppy today?

Most states require puppies to be a minimum of 8 weeks of age prior to sale. In addition, federal law requires puppies be 8 weeks of age to be sold and travel out of state. Further, many breeders hold their puppies for health and socialization benefits for a minimum of 8 weeks, sometimes longer for tiny breeds. Information regarding minimum age requirements for the breeder/seller will be listed on the individual puppy listing page or directory.

Will my puppy be sent by a vet before I receive a puppy?

That depends upon the individual Breeder / Seller. Many states require a veterinary certification and all puppies/dogs require a veterinary certification for interstate travel. Pick a Puppy encourages all buyers to set up a vet appointment for your new puppy with your vet as soon as possible for peace of mind and many breeders/sellers require a vet visit within a specific timeframe after arrival as part of their warranty. Information regarding any veterinary examination will be listed on the individual puppy listing page or directory.

What kind of health warrantee do I get with my puppy?

Certain states require pet lemon laws and many breeders/sellers provide their own health warranty that covers certain conditions that may be prevalent in the breed they raise/sell.  Information regarding any health warranty offered will be listed on the individual puppy listing page or directory.

Can my puppy be shipped/delivered to me?

It is commonplace today for many breeders/sellers to ship puppies throughout the country either by air or by ground transport. Information regarding shipping/delivery will be listed on the individual puppy listing page or directory.

What happens if I buy a puppy and it gets sick?

You should contact the breeder/seller of your new puppy directly with ANY questions you have concerning health, training, feeding, etc.  Your puppy’s breeder/seller is your best resource for helping you and your puppy adjust to life together!

Is Pick A Puppy a puppy mill?

No, Pick A Puppy is not a substandard kennel commonly referred to as a “puppy mill”. In fact, we do not breed, own, house, or care for any of the puppies/dogs listed for sale or adoption on our site. Our site offers the public the opportunity to connect with puppies/dogs for sale or adoption on Pick A Puppy site. Purpose bred puppies/dogs will have a “history” that the breeder/seller can share with you which may include but is not limited to sire/dam information, registration papers, ancestry, etc.  Puppies/dogs for adoption from rescue groups will unfortunately not have a “history” available and are typically for adoption “as is” due to limited information available.

What is the return policy on a pet I obtain through the Pick A Puppy Site?

Each Breeder/Seller will have their own return policy depending upon any state/federal regulations that may apply to them as well as their own policy regarding returns. We suggest contacting the breeder/seller directly to find out their specific return policy.

How can I be sure the breeder/seller is reputable?

It is important that you feel confident in your decision to add a new, furry friend to your family. It’s important that you do your research on the type of pet you want to be a part of your family and that you fully understand the commitment of time, energy, and money involved when adding a pet as well as choosing the right fit for the source of your new pet so that you feel comfortable when you make the final decision that is right for you. It is also suggested that you connect with the breeder/seller prior to purchasing. We suggest having several phone calls before making your purchase with the breeder / seller, having a list of questions to ask him or her, as well as searching their phone number in any popular search engine like Google. These important steps can help you make an informed and educated decision.

How to avoid scammers

Most listings on Pick A Puppy, are posted by honest people and are safe to use. Even so, as online scammers are becoming more widespread and creative with their tactics, consumers need to be aware of how to protect themselves.

Here on Pick A Puppy we are trying to prevent the increase of fake ads. We work at modernization of our software which automatically detects and removes a large amount of scam listings every day. We also have employees checking the free ads before they go live.

However, you as our visitors play a crucial part in informing us and helping us delete the bad ads. If you see a suspicious item, please let us know.

Here are some tips:

1.  The best way to avoid scammers is to deal locally, with people you can meet in person. Scammers will often contact you from another country asking you to ship the pet you are selling.

2. Check the phone number by using a free service like http://www.reversephonelookup.com/  to verify the number.

3. Avoid deals that are too good to be true. Such as a $500 English Bulldog. Scammers try often to post fake ads, selling pets that are significantly underpriced. If you see any of these fake ads, please report them by using the contact page to tell us about the fake ad.

4. Don’t wire funds (Western Union, Money Gram, etc.).

5. Beware of identity theft. Don’t share your private info. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Don’t give out bank account numbers, passwords, mother’s maiden name, date of birth, place of birth, social security numbers, or any other personal information.

6. Use Reverse Image Look Up Services such as https://tineye.com or https://ctrlq.org/google/images/. You will be able to see where else the picture of the pet in question is located on the web. It might surprise you that the pet you love has ads all over the internet for sale from different people in different places.

7. Research the Breeder, Retailer, Non-Profit or Person in Question. If they are actually selling pets they will have profiles and listings on other popular sites.

8. Sellers wanting you to send money to eBay is a huge red flag. EBay doesn’t handle transactions for items that are sold on other websites. So if you are asked to send eBay money to purchase something from our site, please report it to us and don’t send the money!

Examples of common scams:

  • It could affect any category such as bulldogs, mastiff, etc. Anything that tends to be expensive where they can trick you with a really good price.
  • It could even include pictures and other details – often copied from a genuine seller ‘s ad.
  • The seller will claim they had to move or give another excuse for why you can’t see the animal in person (examples: moved to Africa for missionary or development work, sold the pet to someone who moved overseas and now they want to sell it back, etc.).
  • They will ask for shipping money even if the animal was initially listed as free. The animal will never arrive.
  • Pick A Puppy is not involved in any transaction between buyers and sellers, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”.  Please read our Terms of Use.

 

How to search for puppies

Searching for a puppy is easy. Use the search bar on the homepage or at the top of the “Puppies For Sale” page. You can search any breed and a list of results will appear matching what is available to what you have searched for, as well as similar or other breeds available. You can also browse through the “Puppies For Sale” page where you will see all puppies currently listed for sale.

How to add to your Saved Puppies

Once logged in, you can add any puppy / dog to your saved puppies by simply click on the heart under that specific puppy’s picture and information. This can be done from both the main page with all listings or from an individual puppy listing. You will then notice as you are scrolling through that any puppy whose heart is shaded gray is in your Saved Puppies compared to those who have just an outline of a gray heart.

How to view your saved puppies

While logged in you can view your saved puppies by clicking on ‘My Account’ from the drop-down menu on the top right that says your name / username. You will be brought to your main account dashboard. On the left-hand side, you will see a list of functions. The second option down will be Saved Puppies, simply click to view all of your Saved Puppies.

Not finding what you’re looking for?

You can search the site using the search box. You can also look on one of the many social media pages we operate to see if any puppies that fit your criteria are available. You can also email our support team who can add you to our email list for when new puppies are posted. Please email pickapuppy@outlook.com and include your name, state, and what breed you are looking. We’ll do our best to match you to the puppies that have been posted.