Puppy mill action week is a great time to learn more about puppy mills and what you can do to help shut them down.
The national puppy mill action week is on May 4th -10th.
Puppy mills are large-scale commercial breeding operations that churn out puppies for profit, without regard for the health or welfare of the animals.
The conditions in puppy mills are often abysmal, with dogs living in cramped, filthy cages and receiving little to no veterinary care.
As a result, puppy mills are a major source of sick and diseased puppies.
Every year, countless puppy mill puppies end up in shelters or are euthanized because their owners can’t afford the vet bills.
Some facts about puppy mills:
Here are some facts about puppy mills that you should be aware of:
- There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States.
- Puppy mills produce more than 2 million puppies a year.
- Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
- Puppy mills are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but these regulations are often not enforced.
- Puppy mills are profit-driven businesses and the animals are considered commodities.
- The dogs in puppy mills suffer from a variety of health and behavior problems as a result of the inhumane conditions they are kept in.
You can help shut down puppy mills by supporting humane breeders, adopting from shelters and rescues, and speaking out against puppy mills.
This Puppy Mill Action Week, make a commitment to do something to help put an end to this cruel industry.
What is puppy mill action week about?
Puppy mill action week (May 4th -10th) is an opportunity to raise awareness about this cruel industry and to urge people not to buy puppies from pet stores or online dealers.
During this week, animal welfare organizations across the country will be hosting events and educational campaigns to spread the word about puppy mills.
What can you do to help?
There are several things you can do to help shut down puppy mills:
Spread the word about puppy mills during Puppy Mill Action Week and beyond
Share information about puppy mills with your family and friends, and encourage them to adopt their next pet from a shelter or rescue group. Though sometimes puppy mills are disguised as dog rescues.
Most people are unaware of the plight of puppy mill dogs, so education is key to putting an end to this cruel industry.
Don’t buy puppies from pet stores or online dealers
If you’re looking to add a new furry friend to your family, make sure you’re getting your puppy from a responsible source.
Avoid pet stores and online dealers, as they are likely getting their puppies from puppy mills.
Instead, adopt from a shelter or rescue group, or buy from a reputable breeder who can show you where the puppies were born and raised.
Support legislation that cracks down on puppy mills
There are several bills pending in Congress that would crack down on puppy mills and improve the lives of dogs bred for sale.
You can contact your representatives and urge them to support these bills.
Donate to or volunteer with an animal welfare organization
Animal welfare organizations are on the front lines of the fight against puppy mills.
Consider donating to or volunteering with one of these groups to help their efforts.
Puppy mill action week is a great time to learn more about the puppy mill problem and what you can do to help shut them down.
By spreading the word, avoiding pet stores and online dealers, and supporting legislation to crack down on puppy mills, we can make a difference for these dogs.