A PSA about Puppy Mills
Spring is all around us, and with spring comes new life, and puppies! So, what better time for a word about Puppy mills. Thanks to @ amboli for the request.
Puppy mills are places where pets are mass-produced and humane treatment often takes a backseat to profit. The resultant puppies are rarely socialized, often kept in deplorable conditions, and therefore have a higher likelihood of health and behavioral issues. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is asking for your help in shutting down these mills for good. One way to do that is to follow their safe puppy buying tips.
HSUS TOP FIVE “SAFE” PUPPY BUYING TIPS:
1. Consider adoption. Animal shelters have dozens of dogs, many of them purebreds, just waiting for homes. There are also breed specific rescue groups for every breed of dog, including “designer” or “hybrids” like Labradoodles and Puggles. Mixed-breed dogs also make wonderful pets. Read more about adopting a puppy through a shelter or breed rescue group
2. Find a responsible breeder and visit their premises. Responsible breeders provide a loving and healthy environment for their canine companions, one that they will be proud to show you. Read more on how to find a good dog breeder
3. Don’t be fooled by common claims made by pet stores when pushing their puppies. Despite what they say, pet stores do sell puppy mill puppies. Read more about the false claims made by pet stores. Pet Store Doublespeak page »
4. Don’t be swayed by a great website or ad. Just because a website says great things about their “home raised” or “family raised” puppies doesn’t make it true. Many puppy mills pose as small family breeders online and in newspaper and magazine ads. For many years puppy mills have been selling puppies via the Internet using legitimate-looking ads or websites that made claims that couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
5. Avoid the temptation to “rescue” a puppy mill puppy by buying him. Even though your intentions may be good, your “rescue” opens up space for another puppy mill puppy and puts money into the pockets of the puppy mill industry. If you see someone keeping puppies in poor conditions, alert your local animal control authorities.
6. Do your part: Pledge to help stop puppy mills! Choose not to buy your next pet from a pet store or Internet site, and refuse to buy supplies from any pet store or Internet site that sells puppies. Sign here
More info here: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/campaigns/stop_puppy_mills/
NOTE: Puppy shown is a Nova Scotia Duck Retriever and is in no known way associated with puppy mills, but used simply to illustrate the post. No photo credit found.