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​Working Together to Protect Breeders and Puppy Buyers from Fraudulent Activity

The advent of Covid-19 has changed life as we know it and CKC member breeders and their puppy buyers must adapt to the new reality of social distancing and safety protocols. The increased demand for puppies during the pandemic has generated an unprecedented number of enquiries about purebred dogs. At the same time, fraudulent activity has become more heightened and online puppy scams are no exception. During this uncertain time, we all need to do our part to be safe, aware, and proactive to ensure a positive experience between breeder and puppy owners during the puppy-buying journey. 

Be Resourceful
Due to the new social distancing and safety restrictions, breeders have been utilizing a variety of safe ways to communicate with puppy buyers such as social media and video conferencing. Prospective puppy buyers can expect that their initial meeting with a breeder may look a little different during the pandemic as breeders use technology to introduce their dogs and showcase where their puppies are raised. We encourage prospective puppy buyers to be mindful of this during their puppy search, and to embrace this new approach that serves to strengthen their relationships with CKC member breeders.

Be Vigilant
With a stronger reliance on technology to connect breeders and puppy buyers during the pandemic comes new challenges. Prospective puppy buyers and breeders should be extra vigilant when communicating with each another. All parties should take care not to send copies of any official or sensitive documents (like passports) electronically to protect your identity and personal information. We encourage puppy buyers to do their due diligence and select a CKC member breeder who is bound by CKC’s Code of Ethics, Code of Practice, in addition to bylaws and policies.  

Be Informed
CKC member breeders are committed to offering the same expertise and experience to prospective puppy owners during these challenging times. Puppy buyers are also reminded to self-educate and research breeds and accountable breeders via the CKC website, local and national breed clubs, social media, online reviews, references and more. When we all work together to be aware and informed under these new circumstances, these efforts will be our best protection against fraudulent activity.

For more comprehensive information, be sure to share our updated information on How to Find an Accountable Breeder and tips to avoid scams.  

If you have been a victim of fraud, please contact your local police. You may also contact other relevant organizations to report the incident, including the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or through the Fraud Reporting System.
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