We are very proud to say that we are
Licensed In-Home Commercial Breeders by the Iowa Department of Agriculture (IDALS).
We regretfully say that doesn't mean a lot.
Please go see where your puppies are being brought into this world.
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Iowa Department of Agriculture (IDALS) conducts regular inspections of these facilities. Unfortunately being state licensed doesn't guarantee that a breeder runs a humane kennel. Always insist on visiting a kennel before buying a puppy.
A puppy mill breeder is USDA licensed (in many cases) so that they can sell puppies to people who then sell to pet stores. This is a red flag that a breeder is in the “profit only” business. A humane breeder has no reason to be USDA licensed.
I have posted this page showing we are licensed, actually our license is renewed with an EXCELLENT rating.
*You can find this page and review it in it's entirety at: https://www.idalsdata.org/iowadata/AnimalWelfareReportPDF.cfm?version=PDF
26. AFFORDABLE DESIGNER DOGS License Number: 10453 License Expiration: 4/17/2015 MISTI HIGHTSHOE City: TINGLEY County: RINGGOLD CB
Please take your time in your puppy search and do some research into puppy mills.
We certainly are NOT one and you are welcome to come see for yourselves.
We offer these tips to help you in your search for your new puppy:
Find a responsible breeder and visit their premises. Responsible breeders provide a loving and healthy environment for their canine companions, one that they will be proud to show you. Never buy a puppy without seeing where they and their parents are raised and housed with your own eyes.
Don't be swayed by a great website or ad. Just because a website says great things about their "home raised" or "family raised" puppies doesn't make it true. Many puppy millers pose as small family breeders online and in newspaper and magazine ads. For many years The HSUS has aided local authorities in the rescue of puppy mill dogs across the nation. In almost all cases the puppy mills sold puppies via the Internet using legitimate-looking ads or websites that made claims that couldn't have been farther from the truth.
Avoid the temptation to "rescue" a puppy mill puppy by buying him. Even though your intentions may be good, don't buy a puppy with the idea that you are "rescuing" him or her. Your "rescue" opens up space for another puppy mill puppy and puts money into the pockets of the puppy mill industry. Pet stores won't leave their cages empty and websites won't leave their pages blank. The money you spend on your puppy goes right back to the puppy mill operator and ensures they will continue breeding and treating dogs inhumanely. If you see someone keeping puppies in poor conditions, alert your local animal control authorities instead of buying.
One of the best things you can do is to 'google' whatever information you have on them such as their phone number. You will be able to see if they advertise a lot of puppy breeds and such.