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Petland Sarasota is a local pet store that serves Sarasota, Florida 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.

Where does Petland Sarasota get their puppies?

You may have heard the term “puppy mill” at one time or another in association with pet stores. Unfortunately, most are unsure of the difference between a “puppy mill” and a regulated professional breeder. 

A regulated professional breeder is licensed and inspected the federal government and must follow specific guidelines as it relates to care, nutrition, exercise, housing, to name just a few. They are subject to unannounced inspections by the USDA.

A “puppy mill” is not regulated or inspected by the federal government. In fact, it has NO oversight whatsoever. These are the facilities you often see in the animal welfare adds on TV soliciting for donations.

Petland Sarasota does not buy from “puppy mills.” We buy from the top USDA-regulated licensed and inspected breeders in the U.S. with no violations on their last two years’ inspection reports. Additionally, our store has a state-of-the-art kennel operated under the direction of our consulting veterinarian. The store is visited once a week by our veterinarian to examine and oversee the health of our puppies and kittens.

We’d like to introduce ourselves, show you our store and take you to see one of our breeders. Please click on the video below.

Learn more about some of Petland Sarasota’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 Sarasota?

We are a responsible choice!

  • Petland Sarasota is among the safest place to buy a puppy. We comply with all local, state, and federal regulations such as Animal Welfare Act and not only adhere to all USDA standards, but go above and beyond such government requirements.
  • We’re also the best in the business when it comes to providing a great, healthy environment for our pets before they go home. Petland Sarasota uses spacious kennels maintained according to standards set by licensed professional veterinarians.
  • A veterinarian examines every puppy before they arrive at our store, during the stay at our store, and before they go to their forever home. In addition, the new family can see the puppy’s health records before every purchase.
  • All puppies are current on vaccinations & preventatives per age.
  • All puppies purchased receive $1,500 in accident & injury insurance coverage through a trial of AKC Pet Healthcare
  • A 14-day viral warranty is included
  • A 1 year hereditary & congenital warranty is included.
  • All puppies purchased receive one free health exam with Sarasota Veterinary Center.
  • All puppies are microchipped.
  • All puppies purchased come with a lifetime Amber alert recovery system.
  • All puppies are eligible for AKC or AKC Canine Program registration
  • All puppies purchased get one free month of pet health insurance offered by AKC. Thereafter, the customer can renew and keep pet health insurance ongoing.
  • All new owners have the option to receive kennel, housebreaking and teething supplies to ease the transition going home.
  • New Owners receive 24/7 training support for their puppy through Dog Star
  • New Owners learn housebreaking and teething training in store
  • New Owners receive a 4 Basic Needs Training Course in store.
  • We provide puppy vitamins, treats, & supplements for all puppies which owners can choose this before going home
  • All new owners have the option to enroll in the Puppy For A Lifetime Program.
  • And more…

Petland Sarasota 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 Sarasota giving back to our community.

  • Donations: We have made generous contributions of pet food and supplies to shelter organizations in our community, supporting their efforts in providing for animals in need.
  • “Make a Wish” Fulfillment: We have had the privilege of fulfilling “Make a Wish” requests for children, bringing joy and happiness through the companionship of a pet.
  • Education: Petland Sarasota has conducted educational sessions on animal husbandry for several local girl scout troops, empowering young individuals with knowledge and understanding of responsible pet care.
  • Support for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital: In 2014, Petland Sarasota made a notable donation of $8,804.76 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, contributing to their crucial mission of providing medical care for children in need.
  • Interactive Social Activity: Through our initiative called “Puppies On The Go,” we have brought puppies to senior centers and special needs programs, creating interactive and joyful experiences for the participants.
  • Support for Canine for Veterans: Petland Sarasota actively supports the Canine for Veterans program, recognizing the important role that dogs play in providing companionship and support to our honored veterans.
  • Partnership with the Local K9 Unit: We have formed a valuable partnership with the local K9 unit, offering unlimited free at-home supplies to any K9 Officer, ensuring that these dedicated canines receive the care and resources they need.

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:

  • Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn. Source, Washington Post
  • When “puppy mill rescue” blurs the line between saving and selling dogs. Source, Huffpost

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

  • Where does that rescue dog come from? Source, Inside Sources
  • Perspective From the Field: Illegal Puppy Imports Uncovered at JFK Airport. Source, CDC
  • Dog imported from Egypt by Kansas Shelter infected with Rabies. Source, KSHB News
  • CDC Bans Imports. Source, CDC

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.

Naples, FL:

“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.

Manatee County, FL:

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.


Click here to view SB 331.

Animal Rights Organizations

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.

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