A rescue broker is nothing more than a middleman, a person,rescue or adoption center who obtains puppies and dogs from one source and sells them to another. Rescue brokers typically buy puppies or litters of puppies from Breeders, Puerto Rico, the South and many other foreign countries such as Korea and Turkey, with young puppies being the highest commodity.

Posing as rescues, rescue brokers get to operate with little if any regulation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) needs to step up regulation and enforcement of rescues and rescue brokers along with their transport vehicles for many reasons including for the health and welfare of the animals in their care, as well as diseases that are brought into the country or across the country, which puts other pets at risk. The USDA does not seem to want to enforce the laws when it comes to rescues, which allows Rescue brokers to operate without any federal oversight, at the expense of the animals that deserve better treatment. Although there are some scattered and minor regulations that may apply to rescues in a specific state, most rescue brokers and private rescues do not register with their state so they can stay under the radar and have no regulations of their operations. Currently, hundreds of thousands of dogs and puppies are imported into the United States via the rescue route.


Examples of Rescue Brokers

Friends of Georgia Shelter Dogs in Georgia was brokering rescue dogs to Friends of Freddie in New York and  P&T Puppy Love in New Jersey. Friends of Georgia Shelter Dogs founder Tina Lane faced felony charges for forging health certificates. This all came about when P&T in New Jersey han a Parvo outbreak.