Petland Athens is a local pet store that serves Athens, Ohio and our surrounding communities. With a state of the art location providing you and your family with a fun and a hands on approach to learning about pets and their required needs.
We have built our reputation – since 1967 – helping thousands of families bring new pets into their homes. We are committed to making your new relationship with your pet the best that it can be.
Learn more about some of Petland Athens’s Breeders Through Our Petland Docuseries
EPISODE 1: Where do Petland Puppies come from?
EPISODE 2: A day in the life of a Petland breeder.
Episode 3: Life At Petland
Please check back periodically for more episodes.
Why choose Petland Athens?
We are a responsible choice!
- Petland is a responsible choice to buy a puppy. Not only do we comply with all local, state, and federal regulations including the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act, but we also go above and beyond such requirements.
- We provide a happy, healthy environment for our pets before they go home. Petland uses spacious kennels maintained according to standards set by licensed professional veterinarians.
- All of our puppies are examined by a veterinarian.
- All of our puppy health records are available upon request.
- All of our puppies are current on vaccinations & de-worming protocols.
- All puppies come with an extensive health warranty.
- All puppies have been microchipped for lifetime identification.
- All puppies are entered into the AKC Reunite Microchip Registry under your name.
- All puppies receive lifetime access to live training experts and customized advice through AKC’s GoodDog! Helpline.
- All puppies receive lifetime enrollment with the American Kennel Club Acompanying benefits
- Customers will receive spay/neuter certificate for their new puppy.
- All of our puppies are microchipped.
- All of our puppies purchased come with a lifetime Amber-alert recovery system.
- All customers have the option to enroll in the Puppy-For-A-Lifetime Program.
- All of our puppies go home with a training kennel and training supplies.
- We provide puppy vitamins, treats, & supplements for all puppies purchased.
- AKC or AKC Canine Program registration is included for puppy purchases
Petland Athens gives back to their community.
Our store prides itself in giving back to the community where we work and reside. See below for some examples of Petland Athens giving back to our community.
- Petland Athens donates dog crates and various dog supplies to various organizations in our community.
- Petland Athens partners with Make-A-Wish to help fulfil pet-related wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses in the area.
- Petland Athens proudly provides food an other items to many K9 units in our communities.
Some people want to ban pet stores because they believe these myths:
- Pet stores are responsible for pet overpopulation
- For every puppy sold, a shelter dog dies
- Pet stores buy from puppy mills
- Pet stores sell sick dogs
- There are plenty of purebreds in shelters
- Pet bans keep puppy mill dogs out of communities
These are simply myths. The facts speak for themselves.
Pet shelters are experiencing puppy shortages
Why is this happening? According to the New York Times, the spay/neuter initiative has been effective resulting in more than 85% of dogs being spayed or neutered. This means there are far less accidental litters that used to fill local shelters.
While people still believe there is a massive pet overpopulation problem, according to the NAIA, there are only 15 states that are currently experiencing any pet overpopulation. 35 states are not. What does this mean?
It means dogs are being transported from states with overpopulation problems. Dogs are being imported from Korea, Puerto Rico and other countries. And, unfortunately, it has led to some rescues buying puppies from breeders.
Please read the following articles on this matter below:
Many “rescues” are buying puppies from the same breeders they despise. They then “adopt” these puppies to customers for big profits.
Rescue groups, historically speaking, are run by committed, caring people, clubs, or experts who want these abandoned or unwanted pets to have a home. However, with effective spay/neuter initiatives and increased demand for puppies, there has been an emergence of rescues who are buying puppies from breeders or importing them from countries without standardized vaccination protocols. It has, unfortunately, become a big business. This is also known as retail rescue. Since the dogs sold are from rescues, there are no warranties, health records, sourcing of where the dogs came from or regulations protecting the customers like one gets from a regulated pet store.
Please read the following article on this massive problem:
Over 1 million dogs a year are being imported from unregulated foreign countries/sources.
Because of the influx of dogs coming from other countries, the United States has seen reemergences of canine viruses, including rabies. These dogs are also being sold as “rescues” with no health records, warranties, or sourcing of where the dog came from.
The Federal Government (USDA) has released a report in Summer 2019 stating that over 1 million dogs were imported from foreign countries last year alone.
Please read the following articles on problems with importing dogs from unregulated sources:
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for foreign “puppy mill” and “rescue dogs.” Here’s is what needs to change. Source, Fox News
Local and State legislators are voting to keep regulated pet stores in business while raising animal care and welfare standards to help get rid of the “bad actors” and puppy mills.
Below are just a handful of examples.
Click here to read the news release.
“If bad breeders are the problem, then we need to do something about bad breeders.” (Commissioner Andy Solis)
Click here to read the news release.
“Shutting down the good guys will do nothing to stop the bad actors. Rather, it will open the doors for more puppy sales from unregulated sources, where abuse and inhumane conditions are more likely. This bill ensures that puppies being sold in pet shops are coming from responsible breeders, and includes strict penalties for store owners who do not comply.” (AZ Governor Douglas A. Ducey)
Click here to see SB 1248
Click here to see the Governor’s public letter.
Click here to view SB 331.
Animal Rights Organisations
There will always be people that don’t believe animals should be pets and they will continue to fight to shut down pet stores. They don’t believe in zoos, aquariums or even service animals. We respect their right to their opinions.
However, we believe in the strength and joy of the human-animal bond. We see it every day when a family finds their perfect pet. We see it in veterans, in children and in people who need a little extra support. We see the companionship, loyalty and friendship a pet brings. And we believe every customer should have a responsible choice when it comes to finding their perfect pet.