A rescue broker is nothing more than a middleman, a person,rescue or adoption center who obtains puppies and dogs from one source and sells them to another. Rescue brokers typically buy puppies or litters of puppies from Puerto Rico, the South and many other foreign countries such as Korea and Turkey, with young puppies being the highest commodity. Rescue Brokers obtain in bulk with bulk pricing of as low as $10 a puppy or up to $100 for a litter, with purebreds fetching even higher dollars, sometimes into the thousands.
Posing as rescues, rescue brokers get to operate with little if any regulation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) needs to step up regulation and enforcement of rescues and rescue brokers along with their transport vehicles for many reasons including for the health and welfare of the animals in their care, as well as diseases that are brought into the country or across the country, which puts other pets at risk. The USDA does not seem to want to enforce the laws when it comes to rescues, which allows Rescue brokers to operate without any federal oversight, at the expense of the animals that deserve better treatment. Although there are some scattered and minor regulations that may apply to rescues in a specific state, most rescue brokers and private rescues do not register with their state so they can stay under the radar and have no regulations of their operations. Currently, hundreds of thousands of dogs and puppies are imported into the United States via the rescue route.
Most rescue brokers operate out of their homes, basements, garages and warehouses. Holding at times hundreds of dogs until they are sold wholesale to other Rescues in the north east and shipped out like cattle in cramped crates for hours or days before reaching their destinations. Once arriving at their final destination, these poor animals who have been through so much already, are greedily put up for adoption with prices set as high as possible to be able to have the funds to repeat the process over and over again.
So why do rescues and their brokers import? The answer is simple, for the money. In many areas of the country there is actually a shortage of dogs available, with many dog breeders retiring from breeding due to overburdening regulations. Since Rescue brokers are not regulated and inspected like dog breeders, they are able to operate and fill the void left and intend to continue to bring dogs into the country until the government realizes dogs and puppies are suffering at the hands of this new animal business enterprise.