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Q: Free puppies at Wal-Mart parking lot

October 19, 2008 | By Norman C. | 29 answers | Expired: 2237 days ago

Free puppies at Wal-Mart parking lot

I saw two cars hawking free puppies at Wally World today. Does W-M have a policy on that and what do you think a zootooer should do when s/he sees this kind of thing?

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Kathy
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Oct 31, 2008

What state is this in? I heard that this was prevalent in WalMart parking lots following Katrina. WalMart parking lots probably attract people because it has a big parking lot and is always crowded at any given time.

I hate when people give FREE animals. You never know what kind of person is taking them or what their intentions are. I personally know of a situation where a teenage boy went to a house to get a FREE kitten and then he and his buddies rode around and threw it out the moving car's window. If there were a fee for that little kitten, it may still be alive today.

I am not sure that there is anything that can be done about that. Check with your local shelter.

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Debby
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Oct 30, 2008

Arizona just passed a law where you will be fined if caught with animals in a public place.

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DOGSANGEL
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Oct 30, 2008

What are you people saying that people that shop at walmart are not decent enough to own a puppy and would rather the police call the pound to pick them up to be euthanized before they have a chance at life. You all discussed me with your answer's

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Diane W.
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Oct 29, 2008

People that sell or give away puppies in a parking lot of any business aren't responsible people. Call or go into the store and complain, call your animal control or if there is a city ordinance call the police. This isn't the place to find lifelong homes for innocent dogs.

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Brittany r.
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Oct 29, 2008

Norman,
As a fellow zootooer, that deals with this thing daily at my work, you Should Called the animal control officer to let he or she know of the happenings so they could take the proper steps. The people giving away the puppies should have know that a busy parking lot is far to stressful for any animal , and a puppy what were they thinking, oh wait they weren't.

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PJ W.
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Oct 29, 2008

I just don't think it's right. I was always told you should at least charge a nominal fee - like 20.00. Ususally if someone will pay even 20.00 they will take care of the animal. Besides labs like to go pick up free animals and this burns me up. Besides, I just don't think Wally World is the place to be trying to find a home for animals.

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KAY G.
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Oct 29, 2008

Picking up puppies in the parking lots of any business is very risky. A lot of the puppies do not have vaccinations and many develop intestinal diseases very soon. Many puppies die since the stress level is so high. New owners may never know who the true parents of the pups are. Many are the product of brother and sister breedings etc. This is a very dangerous and costly ractice.

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rebecca c.
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Oct 29, 2008

Yeah so I went to Wal-Mart and asked after I read this. Our local Wal-Mart will let you do this if you go in and ask first. Apparently the manager is a pet lover. He said that the policy is a big no-no on it generally though.
According to State Law in Georgia (yeah I'm a cop) it's a private parking lot and unless Wal-Mart calls us and tells us to get rid of someone we're going to leave you alone. Unless we're coming to get a puppy ourselves of course. Hope this helps...

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Michaelyn
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Oct 29, 2008

I did this myself. My husband and I went to the country for a family gathering at his grandparents. Someone dropped off 10 puppies and they were running everywhere. I collected them all. The grandparents took one, his parents took one, and I brought the others home (5 hour trip). (Grandfather was going to kill the others since people are always dropping puppies off in the country - this, of course, horrified me.) I took the puppies to Wal-Mart and found homes for all - I kept one myself. This happened 13 years ago, but I still remember the people who took them: lady's 17 year dog died over a year ago (she took the St. Bernard look-a-like), Wildlife and Fisheries agent took another, little girls dog ran away - dad got her one, old lady who is lonely, young couple, .... I gave them my phone number, if they decided not to keep the puppy.
Wal-Mart did come out and tell me they do not allow this. As I was leaving, I told him how every new puppy owner came out with puppy food, toys, and beds. As I was driving away with my last puppy, I noticed a womane RUNNING after me. I stopped and she took the last one.

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5ineveryroom
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Oct 29, 2008

We have the same thing going on at our local Wal-Mart, especially in the spring. The ones that bother me the most are the peopel who are selling "pure bred" puppies for $100-$400 out ofthe back of their pick up truck. One day, I saw someone selling puppies that they said were 8 week old pure bred yorkie puppies. These pups had to be at least 8 lbs each! These back yard breeders cause all sorts of troubles. When they can't sell all of these pups, what do they do with them? Most of them do not seem to care about the poor little creatures. Many just put the pups in a small fenced area or playpen with no food or water out in the sun and sit there all day waiting for people to buy their mutts that they are passing off as "pure bred without papers". I think Wal-mart should have a policy against selling pups in their lot.

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