Today is National No Pet Store Puppies Day, a chance to educate anyone who may not know yet about the horrors of puppy mills and where the dogs at pet stores come from. The ASPCA estimates that there are between 6,000 and 10,000 commercial breeding facilities, or puppy mills, in the United States. Here’s a quick primer from the ASPCA on puppy mills in case you need a refresher:
- Dogs in puppy mills are typically housed in tiny, overcrowded cages in unsanitary conditions, without proper veterinary care or adequate access to food and water
- Many live out their entire lives without ever experiencing human affection.
- Female breeding dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no time between litters for their bodies to recover
Puppy mills are an issue that I care deeply about, as my dog Hunter was purchased at a pet store by his previous owner. Although I have been lucky he is a healthy dog, he had some issues in his first year that most likely came from poor breeding. It breaks my heart to think of the conditions he may have come from, and most of all, what sort of horrible life his mother must’ve had. If you have some time on your hands, watch this Oprah special from a couple of years ago to see firsthand the conditions at some puppy mills in the U.S. (or at least the first 10 minutes or so): The first step to stop puppy mills is to encourage pet stores to stop selling puppies, and not shop at the ones that do. Once pet stores start losing business because they sell puppies, it should hopefully put pressure on them to stop selling them. Here is a list of stores that don’t sell puppies to give your support to: http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/pfps_oh.pdf You can also visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com for more information on what is going on to stop the sale of puppies at pet stores and take the pledge to not buy from stores that sell puppies: http://nopetstorepuppies.com/take-the-pledge And please, spread the word! Once you’ve take the pledge, share with your friends on Facebook. You may just reach someone who might not know about puppy mills. I truly believe that if more people knew the conditions these dogs come from, they would never buy a dog from a pet store. There are so many wonderful dogs to adopt (like these pups below)! Please consider giving one of those dogs a home and encourage others to do so as well.
Find out more info on the dogs above at: http://dogsinthecle.com/adopt