It’s sometimes hard to resist the cute little puppy in that pet store window, but then you might wonder where these dogs come from? Unfortunately, most of these dogs are bred in puppy mills across the nation. These mills often violate significant animal cruelty laws and are only in the business of making money, not caring for animals.
There are reports and documentation of multiple animals caged together in a space so small they can’t even lay down or turn around. These cages are often made of chicken wire on all sides and stacked up high, so the animals at the bottom are covered in filth from animals in cages above them. These dogs often end up with deformed paws, infected cuts and wounds, and other diseases from these living conditions. They’re bred over and over until they cannot produce anymore and then they’re either killed or dumped somewhere.
How do these mills stay in business you ask? Because people are still creating a demand for them by purchasing animals at pet stores! These puppy mills supply pet stores all across the nation and don’t care about the health or well-being of their animals. There is also a high chance these animals are not getting the socialization or training that young puppies need. The first few months of a puppy’s life are the most important in their development in becoming confident and happy.
We urge you and others to help stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of these animals! Here are ways you can help:
1) Don’t increase the demand, don’t purchase any pets from a pet store and discourage others from doing so.
2) Boycott stores that sell puppies and kittens and let them know how you feel, politely and respectfully of course!
3) Write to your elected officials! Make them aware of what’s going on and how you feel about it. Click here to find your elected officials.
4) Take Action! Participate in local rallies or online petitions to get your voice heard. The Humane Society is currently campaigning to stop Petland from selling pets, click here for more information.
5) Educate others! There is definitely a lot of information out there, pass it on and help others learn about what’s going on!