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Make It Illegal To Adopt Out Puppies Younger Than 8 Weeks Old

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Sixteen US states require that puppies be at least 8 weeks old before being adopted/sold.  My home state, Virginia, requires that puppies for adoption/sale be at least 7 weeks old. Where I now live, North Carolina, is not one of these seventeen states.  Some states mandate that a puppy be fully weaned before being adopted/sold, which could occur even later than 8 weeks. The specific laws also vary in who is affected, with some states issuing a blanket restriction and others focusing their laws on breeders or kennels but exempting individual pet owners and cases of no-cost adoptions. In most cases, the punishment for breaking the law is a small fine or short jail term.  I believe this law should be consistent among all groups and ask that North Carolina join the ranks of those states who have embraced its important.

One reason for preventing the adoption/sale of puppies under 8 weeks old is that this is approximately the age when a puppy is fully weaned. Separating a puppy from its mother before weaning is concluded can make the puppy more susceptible to illnesses and long-term health problems. Weaning typically begins at around 3 to 5 weeks old and takes a few weeks to complete. A puppy that is removed from his mother and siblings before he reaches 8 to 12 weeks of age may not be properly socialized. Some behaviors, such as no biting, cannot be properly taught by humans, so a puppy must learn these from his mother and littermates. Puppies separated from their mothers and other puppies too early may have poor physical coordination and social skills.

Puppies who are abandoned or turned in to animal shelters when they are younger than 8 weeks old are typically exempt from laws that restrict the age at which a puppy can be adopted.  Let's insist breeders be accountable so puppies are healthy and pet owners are happy!



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