Puppy mills are commercial dog breeding facilities where profit is more important than the health and well-being of the dogs in their care. Puppy mill dogs are usually housed in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions without adequate food, water, socialization or veterinary care.
Here are some things you can do to stop puppy mills:
- Become an animal advocate. The Humane Society of the United States offers a wonderful advocacy guide with some great ideas to help you get started. The guide includes how to get laws passed in your community to help puppy mill dogs.
- Help local pet stores implement policies that discourage selling puppies from puppy mills and instead support homeless pet adoptions. To help you get started the Humane Society offers this great article.
- Contact your local and government legislators and let them know you’re concerned about the treatment of puppy mills puppies. If you’re not sure who to call we’ll help you find your federal legislators.
- Print flyers to help potential pet owners find a responsible dog breeder and avoid puppy mills. Bring them to local animal hospitals, groomers and pet supply stores.
- Ask your local library if you can set up an educational display to educate potential pet owners about puppy mills. Contact The Humane Society for material.