No exercise. No play. No vet care. Dirty food. Cage-wire injuries. Cruelty.
Dogs & cats in Ontario mill facilities do not have access to heat in the winter or cooler conditions in the summer as most mill facilities do not use electricity. The animals are rarely given medical care and are never taken out of their tiny, cramped, and filthy cages. They suffer emotional and psychological problems and are often in a constant state of discomfort, pain, boredom and anxiety.
These facilities operate purely for profit. Animals spend their entire lives breeding until finally they are too old or develop medical conditions. They are then usually shot. The lucky ones are given to animal rescue groups.
Please do not by a puppy or kitten off of Craigslist, Kijiji or a farm - more than likely, they are the products of a puppy mill - and buy your purchase & financial transaction you are ultimately supporting their inhumane practices, methods and facilities. Instead, adopt a dog from a shelter, pound or rescue group, and know that you are not supporting a puppy mill. Further, raise awareness & educate your friends who are thinking of purchasing a dog from these sources. If you absoultely must buy from a breeder, educate yourself before buying a puppy so you do not unknowingly buy from a broker or puppy mill. Brokers buy puppies in bulk from the puppy mills and resell them on Kijiji and Craigslist.
When buying a puppy or kitten, make sure you see both parents of the animal while it is still nursing! If there are no parents, or they won't allow you to see the parents, refuse to buy. A reputable breeder does not operate large kennels, and they do not house their dogs in barns, and they have BOTH parents on sight kept inside the home as pets. Their dogs are CKC registered and they are showing their dogs, and their dogs have their hips, eyes and elbows certified and cleared by a vet and they have the paperwork to prove it. Thousands and thousands of dogs are euthanized in shelters and pounds every year because there are simply not enough homes.
ADOPT, DON'T SHOP: DO NOT BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER ANIMALS DIE.
What Is A Puppy Mill?
Puppy mill is a common term used to describe large scale dog breeding operations. The term originated among critics of these operations. Small-scale puppy farming is usually called backyard breeding.
Critics argue that puppy mill operators ignore duties that are standard among responsible dog breeders - raising dogs in humane conditions, providing good socialization and formal training, and screening potential dog owners for suitability. Critics say that these "puppy farmers" are motivated only by profit rather than a commitment to the breed standard or any empathy for the animals in their care. It must be pointed out, however, that some excellent breeders run profitable large-scale operations with knowledgeable staff and superlative veterinary care, so size and motive alone are not indicative of the quality of the breeding program.
Puppy mill dogs may live in overcrowded, inhumane conditions, are poorly socialized, receive no training and often suffer from medical afflictions that are not disclosed to potential buyers. It is not uncommon for these breeders to misrepresent the breed of dog being sold, and the vast majority of these animals are sold to pet stores.
Purchasing dogs from a pet store is therefore strongly discouraged by reputable breeders and animal shelter employees alike; it is assumed that many animal shelter dogs are pet store dogs who were purchased on impulse and abandoned when the owner lost interest. While many pet stores claim to purchase dogs from "local breeders" instead of puppy mills, this is often untrue or is a difference in name only, as reputable breeders generally do not sell animals to pet stores.
General info on puppy mills: http://www.kismutt.com/canadapup/
Who we are & to join our action-oriented cause: https://www.facebook.com/PeopleAgainstPuppyMillsOntario
What can you do? Source for info, donations & adoptions: http://www.kismutt.com/canadapup/whatcanI.html