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Puppy mills vs reputable breeders vs rescue organizations

As an organization whose primary mandate is the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of dogs in need we definitely advocate adoption vs purchase of a dog.  There are too many wonderful dogs that are a product of the overpopulation problem that just need a home to call their own. 

However, in promoting the secondary piece of our mandate,  which is responsible pet ownership, we want you to do your research and know what type of dog fits your lifestyle and environment before you usher a new canine into your life.  We realize that there are circumstances where adopting a rescue dog, even though they are all awesome, doesn't fit your situation.    In these cases, we advocate connecting with reputable breeders. 

The third piece of our mandate is the prevention of cruelty to animals.  For this reason we want you to join us in exposing the inherent cruelty of puppy mills and reducing their support. 

What is a puppy mill?

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A puppy mill is a high volume commercial dog breeding facility in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits.  Puppy mills do not provide public access to the breeding site and female dogs are bred every time they come into heat.  That equates to two litters per year.  Conditions within a puppy mill are typically substandard with malnourishment, caged living, little opportunity for socialization, matted coats and unsanitary conditions.  In these environment , female dogs often live their entire lives in a cage and their sole purpose is to produce puppies for human profit.  When they are no longer producing enough puppies they are starved or shot. 

Every puppy purchased from a puppy mill makes it profitable to breed the parents again and the cycle of suffering continues.

By breeding a high volume of puppies, puppy mills add to the pet overpopulation problem.  By skimping on proper housing, veterinary care and socialization, puppy mills keep countless dogs in misery for their lifetimes. 

How can I tell a responsible breeder from a puppy mill?

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Responsible breeders scrutinize pedigrees, test for genetic disease and breed selectively with an eye toward improving the health and well-being of their lines.  Their dogs are kept in quarters which allow for optimal exercise, a high degree of socialization and nutritious diets are provided as well as generalized and veterinary care.  Reputable breeders produce  few, stable and healthy dogs.  When pursuing prospective owners, there is an interview process and the future welfare of the dog is explored.   A responsible breeder will be a wealth of information about the breed and the dogs that have been bred and will also invite you out to visit the location and the dam.  In these situations you will have full access to health certificates and records of vet visits.  

What can you do to stop puppy mills? 

  1.  Make adoption your first option.  Check local rescue organizations and shelters for a furever friend. 
  2. If adoption won't work for your situation,do not purchase from a pet store.  Most frequently, puppy mills have supplied these dogs.  If there is no demand for these dogs, puppy mills will be forced to discontinue their practices. 
  3. Know how to recognize a responsible breeder.  If you must purchase from a breeder, make sure you do your homework to ensure you are buying from someone who puts the health and welfare of the dogs before all else. 
  4. Take action.  Spread awareness about the squalid conditions of puppy mills and discourage others from supporting them.   

 

Written by hart at 00:00

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