Stop the Puppy Mills
Stop the Puppy Mills
A puppy mill is an inhuman way of breeding dogs for profit, ignoring the needs of the adult dogs and puppies.
What happens in puppy mills? Female dogs who are able to give birth to puppies spend their entire lives in small cages, unable to receive personal attention. According to Best Friends Animal Society, in “puppy mills, dogs live in small cages, often in the minimum legal size allowed (only six inches larger than the dog on all sides).” They are constantly forced to produce as many puppies possible. When both male and female dogs can no longer be used to breed, they are either abandoned or killed. Due to poor sanitation, overbreeding and with the absence of veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills often suffer from many health issues and are unsocialized.
Puppy mills commonly sell through internet sales, online classified ads, flea markets and pet stores. In fact, many don’t realize that the majority of puppies sold in pet stores and online are from puppy mills. Some responsible breeders will genuinely meet the buyer in person and show them where the puppy and parents live, though this is always not the case.
What can you do to help? Many organizations such as Best Friends Animal Sociey, ASPCA, The Puppy Mill Project, HSUS are working to convince and educate pet stores to offer pets for adoption instead of selling mill-bred pets. You can support their cause by donating. You can also help make a change by educating consumers about puppy mills. The most important form of change, that helps all these organizations, is your choice when getting a new loving pet. Instead of buying puppies or dogs from online ads, flea markets, and pet stores, adopt from shelters. Around 625,000 dogs and cats are killed in U.S. shelters annually, simply because they don't have homes. By adopting, you are refusing to support puppy mills, while saving a life. They all deserve a second chance and a wonderful new home.
Make an impact and save innocent lives!