Puppy Mills: What Can We Do to Stop Them?
Why Do Puppy Mills Continue to Exist?
What Can We Do to Get Rid of Puppy Mills?
- If you buy a puppy from a puppy mill, you’re part of the problem instead of part of the solution, no matter how good your intentions are.
- Most, if not all, pet stores that sell puppies obtain these puppies from puppy mills. When you buy a puppy from a pet store, you increase the demand for these puppies.
- Pet stores (and puppy mills) are not the only source of purebred puppies. And they are not even the best source. Reputable breeders produce much healthier, better adjusted puppies.
Is There Something You Can Do to Help Stop Puppy Mills?
- Do not purchase puppies from pet stores.
- If you are considering purchasing or adopting a new puppy or an adult dog, consider adopting from a shelter or rescue.
- If you have your heart set on a purebred puppy, purchase from a reputable breeder. Or better yet, consider adopting from a breed rescue. There are breed rescues for all breeds of dogs.
- Support legislation that regulates what type of housing and care must be delivered in puppy mills and kennels.
- Support legislation that bans the sale of live puppies in pet shops. Pet shop owners would have you believe that these laws are part of governmental attempt to legislate small business and argue that this type of legislation oversteps the role government should play in business. Perhaps that’s true in part. However, there is much more at stake here than just a businessman’s ability to run his business. The price that must be paid in animal lives is too high to allow this particular business decision to persist. How many animals is it okay to sacrifice is the name of free enterprise?
- Consider fostering or adopting a dog rescued from a puppy mill. Many of these dogs have never seen the light of day, have had inadequate care and are in tough shape. These rescued dogs need safe homes with patient owners.