Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gaines, on Brains: Catnip fever: why your cat acts high

We know this is PupQuest, not CatQuest (an important project for another time) but we thought this info on catnip was great~ Enjoy!
Gaines, on Brains: Catnip fever: why your cat acts high: There are few things in this world more entertaining than cats. Except for, perhaps, cats on catnip. Yes, "on" catnip. I speak of it lik...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Puppies are Not Toys.

Please visit before considering buying a pet for the holidays.
Sometimes when folks have some time off from work and school it may be a good time to bring a new 4 legged family member into the home. Usually, it is too hectic a time!
REPUTABLE breeders and shelters will help you to decide if this is a good time for you to get a pet. will help you to identify who is REPUTABLE.
HINT: if they will ship a puppy to you sight question about it, they are NOT reputable!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dog included in restraining order

Dog included in restraining order: MARSHFIELD, Mass. -- A Massachusetts woman's lab mix has become the first animal in the state to be included in a domestic violence restraining order.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans' Day

Sending gratitude and respect to our veterans today......and everyday. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Horse | Bramlage: Rest Needed to Keep Horses Sound

FINALLY racing insiders admit that rest is critical for a lame horse.
Interesting how they talk about creating a less hardy horse due to poor breeding choices.
The Horse | Bramlage: Rest Needed to Keep Horses Sound

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dozens Of Dogs Pulled From Amish Farm In Pickaway County

When will this ever end? Note at the end of the news report they mention that a bill to make rules stricter on these puppy farms/mills is being held up in the Ohio House.
You know........because laws that regulate small businesses are "job killers".
Don't forget to VOTE!!
Dozens Of Dogs Pulled From Amish Farm In Pickaway County

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Calculate the size cage the USDA would require for your dog.

Thanks to National Mill Dog Rescue for this great graphic. Visit to learn more about why USDA licensed means the breeder is by definition a Puppy Farm/Mill. USDA is the Dept of AGRICULTURE. For these "breeders" puppies are a cash crop, livestock. NEVER buy a pup sight unseen, ALWAYS visit where the pup was born and raised.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Interesting No Kill conversation.

Check out the conversation we are having on our Facebook page about No Kill ideology. Very interesting comments.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Governor Patrick signs animal control bill today!!

I brought Sienna, my chocolate lab, to the signing who is also celebrating her 15th birthday today!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Animal Control Bill headed to Governor's desk!

Wonderful news!!! The animal control bill that included adding animals to restraining orders has passed the MA legislature and is headed to Gov Patrick's desk. Please ask him to sign it!
Info is here on the MSPCA site.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.......we are almost there!!
Animal Control Bill

Thursday, July 12, 2012

USDA Proposes AWA Update

Thanks CAPS! Please support this update of the AWA. BUT remember, same PupQuest rules apply even if this change occurs.

NEVER buy a puppy sight unseen, ALWAYS visit where it was born and raised. 

The regulations this new law would impose on Internet sale of pups only brings the puppy farm/mill up to MINIMUM, insufficient standards.
No REPUTABLE breeder would ever ship a pup to a stranger. Too stressful for the pup short term and too dangerous for the pup long term.
USDA Proposes AWA Update

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Heartbreak as death row dog Lennox destroyed by Belfast council - Northern Ireland, Local & National -

Ignorance wins. Please speak up against Breed Specific Legislation in your community.
This dog never did anything to deserve this fate, nor did his family.

Our biggest concern about BSL is the dangerous dogs it misses. What about the dogs that are truly unsafe but aren't a pit type breed? Who protects the community from those dogs?
 Heartbreak as death row dog Lennox destroyed by Belfast council - Northern Ireland, Local & National -

Friday, July 6, 2012

Match-Up II Online from Center for Shelter Dogs

If a shelter or rescue you are considering adopting from does not do any type of temperament testing....walk away. It doesn't have to be Match Up but it should be a respected, time-tested method. Visit, scroll down and click on "temperament test" for more info.
Match-Up II Online from Center for Shelter Dogs

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Great webinar today, thanks!

Great webinar today. Thanks to ASPCA and NDAA! We learned a lot and were inspired to continue our efforts to educate the public on where to get a dog and where NOT to get a dog.

Common Issues Law Enforcement and Prosecutors Confront When Investigating and Litigating “Puppy Mill Cases” 
Presented by Scott Heiser, Esq., Animal Legal Defense Fund

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Great website about genetic testing for purebred dogs

Consumers and breeders serious about canine health should visit this Australian website. Lots of great info on genetic problems seen in purebred dogs.
Holding breeders to a standard is one of the most important ways to reduce animal suffering and consumer fraud.
When you purchase a pup with medical problems whether they are obvious early on or will manifest later in the dog's life, the dog suffers and so does your heart and wallet. ALL consumers who purchase a purebred or "designer" breed (expensive mutts!) should expect a breeder to be able to produce PROOF that their breeding dogs and or pups have been screened for common disorders. Otherwise, what are you paying for??
For more info on genetic problems you may inadvertently purchase if you buy a purebred dog visit

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Very interesting article on Dog Star Daily

This article is a bit long but if you are interested in the topic of buying vs adopting dogs you will find it interesting.
We are so pleased that PupQuest was mentioned twice and is seen as an important resource to help folks find reputable shelters or breeders!

PupQuest is much more PRO ADOPTION than purchase but we don't believe that accusing well meaning people of NOT adopting is the way to stop shady breeders. When we accuse we lose the opportunity to educate that consumer and when WE lose them THEY get to take total advantage! "THEY" being the disreputable greedy breeders.

What do you think??

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Breeding Contempt | Why is the USDA Bending Over Backwards to Accommodate Our Nation’s Puppy Mills?

This is difficult information to read but it is what is happening to dogs every day.
This may not be a prioroty for USDA but why is it not a priority for consumers? We have the power to shut down these puppyfarms/mills by not buying from them.
NEVER buy a puppy sight unseen over the Internet, it more than likely comes from a puppy mill. NEVER buy a dog from a pet shop. It really is that simple.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Nonprofit has new home to care for cats - Berkshire Eagle Online

Nonprofit has new home to care for cats - Berkshire Eagle Online
We know that PupQuest is.....well... focused on pups but we just had to share this good news.
We are so happy for our friends at Berkshire Animal DREAMS!! Congratulations!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

SLATE article about how hard some rescues make it to adopt!

Animal rescuers, what do you think of this article? PupQuest thinks there may be some truth to it!
How do we find a balance between rescuers who seem to think NO ONE is good enough to adopt and "breeders/rescuers" who sell to anyone with a credit card?
Read A Word About Adoption Applications on our About Shelters/Rescues Page.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Proposed Ohio Dog Auctions Act

Proposed Ohio Dog Auctions Act Stops Distribution For Puppy Mill Breeders » DogHeirs | Improving Canine Health and Safety

Sometimes people don't believe PupQuest when we tell them that puppy farmers get their dogs from dog auctions. Even most people who are aware of puppy farms/mills don't know how bad it really is. This is considered AGRICULTURE.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Truth is stranger than fiction!

Follow PupQuest for hints on how to find a healthy, well socialized puppy from a reputable source.

Truth is stranger than fiction!!
These are some actual quotes from "breeder's" web sites

"Will ship within the US at the customer's expense"
"sold to the happiest 11 year old in the world in California" Sale price $5,000 from a "breeder" in OH
"maltipoochi puppies" females $1,100 "We sell unconditional love"
"First pick in the litter cost $10,000US dollars"

PLEASE do not ever consider buying a dog from these greedy opportunistic people.
Never buy a puppy sight unseen, always visit where the pups were born and raised. Check out for great tips on how to spot a disreputable breeder.
HINT: comments anything like the ones above should be a red flag!!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Children and dangerous dog breeds. REPOSTED

Please read!!!

If you are an owner of a dog that belongs to a 'dangerous breed' category and you also have a child or a visiting small child please take this as a warning.

Don't leave your dog with a small child unattended under any circumstances!!!

Only one little moment was enough for this to happen!!