VALHALLA, N.Y. - Since September of last year, Just Pups has been serving the Mount Pleasant and Westchester area with various small-bred puppies for sale.
Meaghan Clarke, manager of the Westchester branch located on Cleveland Street in Valhalla, says Just Pups is not a typical puppy store.
"All of our puppies are picked up directly by us from the breeder; we usually work with breeders in the Midwest," Clarke said.
Just Pups makes it clear that they do not receive any puppies from brokers or mills, and will usually bring in entire litters at a time from breeders. This is to make the easiest possible transition for the young dogs, and also to ensure they are in good health.
"We try to set ourselves apart from other pet stores," Clarke said. "[Just Pups] is a lot cleaner and we offer health guarantees,"
Each puppy purchased from Just Pups comes with up-to-date vaccinations and a one year health guarantee, which is double the six months mandated by New York State. Clarke says that the controlled atmosphere of the store along with relationships with area veterinarians is important in ensuring that their health guarantee withstands to keep each puppy healthy.
Each puppy is regularly fed, bathed, exercised, brushed, cleaned and given any possible required medications.
"If a dog does get sick [in the store] we can easily spot it and take care of it and also see which other dogs it has been in contact with," she said. "You will not get a sick dog from us, but if god forbid it did happen, we're behind you 100 percent,"
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