Adopt Don't Shop
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"A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs." -ASPCA
Puppy mills keep dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, producing dogs that often have illness, injury, and no socialization. From birth, dogs in puppy mills often never leave their stacked wire cages. The wire floors can hurt their paws and legs, not to mention they are forced to defecate on top of one another. The breeding females are often impregnated with little to no recovery time and are killed when depleted. A puppy mill is any place that a dog is just sold without having ever met the person. "It's a fact that reputable breeders will not allow their puppies to be sold through pet stores."-Eileen Drever, BCSPCA senior animal protection officer. No responsible dog breeder will just give away their puppies without knowing if they will go to a good home.
Puppy Mills are thriving because people are buying dogs online, through pet stores, or at off-site locations. Take the pledge to only adopt dogs from rescues, or buy from reputable breeders. For more information on how to identify a reputable breeder, visit http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/find_responsible_dog_breeder.pdf
There are no reasons to buy from a pet store or online, there are even breed specific rescues if you are looking for a certain type of dog.
Just passing a law to ban puppy mills is unlikely and will most likely not do justice. Take the pledge to stop buying puppies from pet stores, online, off-site locations, or any other place where a dog is just being handed over. Adopt, Don't Shop! (and if you must buy, find a responsible and reputable breeder). These dogs have no defense, we must help them. End the inhumane treatment of man's best friend, and end the selling of animals in pet stores. Stop Puppy Mills!
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