The value of membership in N.A.E.B
Membership fees are for each calendar year regardless of when you pay your membership fees, for example if you pay for membership in august 2019 it is valid for the rest of the 2019 year, and a new membership fee is due by the 1st of January 2020.
When you belong to an organization with standards and ethics in the industry it shows consumers and the general public that you are a reputable breeder and accountable to your industry organization.
All consumers care that their new canine family members have been raised with a high standard of humane treatment. This paramount concern by consumers offers an opportunity for membership to prove their commitment through membership.
Members are classified as small breeders and large breeders. A small breeder would have 3 or less dogs as most city bylaws allow 2 or 3 dogs. Large breeders have more than 3 dogs. To be qualified as a breeder you must have at least 1 litter per year. You cease to be a member when you have not had a litter for 18 months.
Networking in the industry is always valuable as a means of sharing best practices and new ideas.
The breeders and cross breeders have not had a voice when it comes to government regulations and laws being proposed in the industry. We would plan to be that voice for our industry. Ensuring that our members are heard and are at the table when decisions are being made.
Members in good standing will be listed on the N.A.E.B website with the City and Province, type of canine breeding program and organization website or for small breeders their phone number and/or email. In this way consumers can come to the N.A.E.B website and select an ethical breeder and directly contact the breeder. Members in good standing are allowed to use the N.A.E.B logo on their websites and advertising materials.
Breeders in the industry will have the marketing edge over other breeders who for what ever reason do not want to adhere to the ethics and standards.
As with all industry associations we will provide as much information and education to members through newsletter, website, conferences etc as funding allows.
We plan to develop a means of resolving disputes between breeders and consumers.
Finally we would like to correct any misconceptions about our industry by promoting our industry and the committed people who work in it. At the same time expose those who would abuse animals and cause a black mark on our industry. The term “puppy mill” in the eyes of much of the public could be anyone who is raising and breeding dogs which as we know is not representative of our industry. As a breeder who purchases breeding dogs we know it can be a wild west show our there with scams trying to get your money, our organization would propose to find ways to eliminate this illegal activity. As a solely Canadian organization we can curb some of this activity when consumers begin to rely on us.