Education leads to action
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
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
What is a puppy mill?
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
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?
- Make adoption your first option. Check local rescue
organizations and shelters for a furever friend.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take action. Spread awareness about the squalid
conditions of puppy mills and discourage others from supporting