Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe, Ames, Iowa
Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe in Ames, Iowa sells puppies from a known puppy mill.
As an animal lover, I am asking everyone reading this to please think twice before you shop at Dyvigs Pet Shoppe in Ames, Iowa. Every Saturday from 11 am- 1 pm animal lovers from central Iowa gather to educate the citizens of Ames about the pet store/puppy mill connection. Dale Dyvig, owner of the pet store, knowingly purchases his puppies from a family breeder in the “Waterloo area”, or so he tells his customers… Century Farm Puppies is located in Grundy Center, Iowa and they are the definition of a puppy mill. As you can see below, the puppy mill will even tell you that the puppies are not kept in the home!
The owner of the store and the employees have been feeding their customers that same line for over ten years. (The pet store here in Ames is not his first pet store). Now is the time for people to learn the truth about where those puppies really come from. Keep in mind, when we talked with Dale before the protests began, he said that he had visited Century Farm Puppies and was okay with everything he saw. Here is the handout Dale was giving his customers when the protests began.
Below is the most recent dog count from the USDA . As you can see, Century Farm Puppies has 155 adult dogs and 48 puppies. In recent years, they have had as many as 560 dogs on their property. While their numbers are dwindling, they still have far too many dogs in their care.
Below are a few of the violations that they have had in the past which include: a build up of days old feces, on all of the flat surfaces of their buildings there was severe buildup of hair, dirt and other debris (which affected approximately 532 dogs at the time!!) Again, see for yourself. These are screenshots of the USDA reports.
Century Farm Puppies has been downgrading in recent years due to public pressure and the fact that more people are “waking up” about puppy mills. In recent years they had over 500 adult dogs on their property, which is an insane amount of dogs to care for. Many people have criticized us for quoting previous USDA reports, please keep in mind that Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe has used this breeder for several years and has always known what is going on in the puppy mill. Here are some of their most recent numbers.
Before moving to Ames, Dale Dyvig used to own the pet store in Webster City- now known as Critter Nation. Mike, the owner of Critter Nation, told us that he still uses the same breeders that Dale used to own while he operated the store. Since I have not confirmed this with Dale Dyvig (who has gotten very quiet since the protesting began), I can only speculate that he is still using the second breeder- who is even worse than before. If you are interested in learning more, click here
How can you help?
Call or stop in!
(515)233-5625 If you feel strongly enough (and are brave enough), contact him this way. Ask him directly about the puppies and the welfare of the parent dogs.
Write on their Facebook Wall!
As an animal lover, your voice and opinion should be heard. If you are worried about where the pet store puppies come from, write on their wall and ask. Here is the link.
Visit us on Saturdays!
A small group of us stands in front of the store every Saturday from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, educating the citizens of Ames about the pet store/puppy mill connection. Whether you join us for the full two hours or just stop by to show you support, we would love to see you!
LET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW
Don’t let anyone give this business their money, until Dale Dyvig decides to replace his puppies and kitties with adoptable pets. Let them know why we are shopping at other local business, such as Brekkes. Even if they don’t believe the puppies are a mill, they are still contributing to the death of many shelter dogs. We need to hit this business where it hurts. If ANYONE hears of someone trying to purchase a puppy from anywhere, please try to deter them.
THIS GOES FOR EVERYONE, IN EVERY CITY, IN EVERY STATE
Don’t give your business to pet stores that sell puppies and kitties. Pet overpopulation is a terrible problem in our country and only the consumers can help change that. If you are looking for a new pet PLEASE visit your local shelter. Over 35% of dogs in shelters are purebred, they are just overlooked. If you can’t find what you are looking for at your local shelter, please try www.petfinder.com It is a tremendously helpful site! You can search for ANY BREED anywhere. Don’t breed or buy while homeless pets die!
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Actual Dogs Sold from Dyvigs <—-> The “Sundowner Buildings” that the mill owners refer to as “honeymoon suites” There were three of these in one building at the mill.