One question people often ask us is, “Why do you sell puppies instead of rescues?” This is a great question, backed by a concern for all animals to have a loving home, and understandably so. While we have an excellent shelter and rescue program in West Michigan, these shelters are not often full.
We support the second chances that our local shelters provide, however to create capacity, dogs from southern states and sometimes other countries are transported toshelters. We are not competing with local shelters, nor adding to a local dog over-population.
Why Puppies? Let Us Tell You!
Families and individuals that are looking for a specific breed, personality, or characteristics may not be able to find their forever friend in a shelter or rescue. This leads them to search tirelessly among choices, often leading them to less-than reputable breeders, or breeders who are hundreds of miles away.
Barking Boutique offers a simpler, more transparent solution.
All of our breeders are verified responsible and ethical, meeting strict criteria, and go far above and beyond industry and top veterinary standards. Our dog breeders are proud of their dogs and kennels, and their facilities include features like climate-controlled heated floors, tile walls and floors for cleanliness, indoor/outdoor access, exercise/socialization yards and retirement plans. We meet and play with these dogs in person and transport them personally back to our store.
Our goal is to eliminate the black market of puppies that come from bad breeders. There is room for all shelters, rescues, breeders and pet stores to work together to bring responsibly bred puppies to pet owners in West Michigan in a transparent process.