Yesterday was Puppy Mill Awareness Day in Chicago and a march was organized to raise awareness for the need to end the horrible practice of puppy mills. A friend of mine, Dawn (also the President of the Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter) attended the march down Michigan Ave. and shared some pictures with me. Since this is an issue that I feel strongly about, I wanted to share the pictures and info about the event with you all.
Earlier this year the city of Chicago passed a ban on the sale of pets at pet stores and the County followed suit. With this law, Chicago joins over 60 other cities in banning the sale of pets at pet stores (Cleveland, where are you??). The march was organized to raise awareness that buying a dog from a pet store is supporting the horrible, inhumane practice of puppy mills, as nearly 99% of pet stores dogs come from a puppy mill.
Over 200 supporters were expected to turn up to support the cause, including one very cute and very famous puppy mill survivor – Blind Dog Jack! If you don’t know Jack’s story and aren’t following him on Facebook or Instagram, you are missing out! He’s better than Boo in my opinion. Dawn said he is low-key but just as cute in person.
For more info on the march, check out this video: http://wgntv.com/2014/09/21/demonstrators-march-on-michigan-ave-to-protest-puppy-mills/
If you’re not up to speed on some of the horrors of puppy mills, here are some quick facts:
- Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization.
- Puppies born in puppy mills are typically removed from their littermates and mothers at just six weeks of age, which can lead to extreme shyness, aggression, fear and anxiety.
- Female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters. After a few years when they are no longer can reproduce, breeding females are typically killed.
(Read more about puppy mills and what you can do about them here)
So how can we get this ban going in Cleveland?