Golden Meadows Retrievers Strongly Supports New USDA Shipping Regulations

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Options Remain in Place for Those who Wish to Purchase a Puppy Through the Breeder

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We strongly support these regulations as we feel they better protect the dogs, which is always our top priority.

As of November 18, 2013, Golden Meadows Retrievers, and all breeders, lose the right to ship a dog or puppy to a buyer sight unseen, per new regulations of the USDA Animal Welfare Act. The regulations demand a meeting between the buyer and the puppy before shipping may occur. "Although we realize this makes it more difficult for a buyer to obtain a puppy or dog through our company, we strongly support these regulations as we feel they better protect the dogs, which is always our top priority," Nikki Asher, spokesperson for the Golden Retriever breeder, declares.

To obtain a puppy through Golden Meadows Retrievers, the regulations require a meeting between the puppy and the buyer before shipping may occur. "Our company continues to encourage buyers to meet with the animals before taking a puppy or dog home to ensure a good fit, but we realize this isn't always possible. Thankfully, with the new USDA regulations, some leeway exists to help us provide each buyer with their new family member," Asher explains.

Four options remain open to those who wish to purchase a puppy through Golden Meadows Retrievers. Two involve a face-to-face meeting at the breeding facility, yet many cannot take advantage of these options. The other two options allow for those who cannot meet at the facility for any reason.

During the face-to-face meeting, the buyer meets with the puppy or sends a representative in his or her place. The regulations state that the buyer and ultimate owner don't have to necessarily be the same person. "If one of these two options is selected, Golden Meadows Retrievers does encourage the buyer to be present as the animal is going to his or her home, and we want to ensure everyone is comfortable together. We realize this isn't possible for some, however, so we do offer other options," Asher states.

For those who cannot come to the facility for any reason, a Golden Meadows representative flies to the owner's home city to allow the representative, animal and buyer to meet in one location, per the regulations. If a potential owner will be in the vicinity of Moorpark, California, a representative can meet the buyer at a local airport with the dog to satisfy the regulations also. "As certain buyers don't find these four options meet their needs, Golden Meadows Retrievers offers a fifth option, one that helps those who wish to purchase a puppy going through the Golden Retriever and Vizsla puppy training program," Asher continues.

The "Door to Door" service offered by Golden Meadows Retrievers allows for the face-to-face meeting required by the USDA Animal Welfare Act. With this option, a representative for the breeder flies or drives the puppy to his or her new home and delivers the puppy directly to the new family. "For kids in the training program, this option remains best as it allows the trainer to meet with the family, answer any training questions and demonstrate the verbal and visual commands used in the program," Asher explains.

Golden Meadows Retrievers strongly supports the new USDA regulations. “Golden Meadows adheres to all regulations and sets a very high standard for the health and safety of our dogs. Golden Meadows Retrievers would never allow our pups to be sold in a pet store or by an outside dealer." Asher avows. Read more about Golden Meadows views on the shipping guidelines at

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