It has become increasingly popular among non-profit organizations to offer Labrador puppies to auction as a means of raising funds for their organization. The Pawcatuck River Labrador Retriever Club has a policy that their members are required to follow: I will show discrimination in the sale of my puppies and be concerned with the type of homes in which they are placed. I will make buyers aware of their responsibilities as dog owners. I will not sell or donate dogs to commercial dog wholesalers, dealers, brokers, retailers, pet shops or any other person or organization, for resale or “give-away” to the public. I will not supply dogs or puppies for charity raffles or auctions. I will not supply puppies or dogs to be trained or used for dog fighting.
Members who receive requests to donate a puppy to a charitable auction may adapt this sample letter in replying to the organizations/foundations. Please be polite in your response. Organizations and those winning a puppy do not realize the broader problems that can arise with no guidance from a breeder in obtaining/raising a puppy. The club’s membership can help to educate the public by a constructive response to requests.