Stop Supporting Puppy Mills, Help Shut Them Down


It is well known that puppy farms - or puppy mills as they are also called - are only interested in profit. They are not interested in animal welfare, as this would cut in to their profits.

The majority of pet shops that sell puppies are supplied by puppy mills, as these unethical pet shops are also motivated solely by profit and are fully aware of how puppy mills operate.

Cruelty To Puppy Mill Breeder Dogs

Puppy mills hold breeder dogs captive in filthy conditions and abuse them all their lives. They destroy their health by making them breed continuously from the moment they are physically able.

They receive no treatment from a vet and are often starving and ill, suffering terribly. The breeding dogs die painful, prolonged deaths from infection and illness because of this abuse and neglect.

Treatment from a qualified vet is considered too expensive and the dog not worth it. This is because the dog, which is simply considered a commodity like any other, can easily be replaced.

No health checks are done to see if they are suitable to be breeding dogs, so terrible conditions are constantly passed down to their puppies.

When the dog can no longer make money by being bred because of physical problems due to being bred too often and neglect, it is usually killed inhumanely.

People who buy from anywhere supplied by puppy farms inadvertently fund all this suffering.

Cruelty To Puppy Mill Puppies

Veterinary treatment is also withheld from the puppies at puppy mills because of it cutting in to profits. This means that many of the puppies also die painful, prolonged deaths.

A lot of inbreeding goes on in puppy farms as the breeding dogs are not health tested. As a result, the puppies are often riddled with painful physical and behavioural problems throughout life.

These problems are very distressing, painful and expensive to correct, if they can be corrected at all. Sadly, Sometimes the only humane option for owners is to put the dog to sleep.

The puppy farms and the sellers they supply know about all these problems, but do not care. When each dog is taken in to the care of a US rescue from a puppy mill, it often needs between $700 and $1000 worth of veterinary treatment.

The puppies are taken too young from their mothers, leaving them weak and vulnerable to illness. They then have to be transported from the puppy farms many miles to the destinations of the retailers. Many die on the journey and further puppies die in the back of pet stores and with other sellers.

Many puppies at puppy mills are born deformed. These are usually killed inhumanely and callously when they are babies, because they are seen as nothing more than defective goods.

Problems Of Inbreeding

The number of deformed puppies being born is particularly high in Japan, although it is a regular occurrence everywhere due to irresponsible breeding. Breeding needs to be done very carefully. Unfortunately, puppy farms and back yard breeders breed carelessly and a lot of inbreeding occurs.

The main victims are the badly bred dogs who are born deformed and then killed or left to suffer to death, dogs who suffer physical and behavioural problems their whole lives, and of course the abandoned shelter dogs that are put to death because people fund the cruel puppy farm and back yard breeder industries instead of adopting dogs.

Pet Shops Are Puppy Mill Retailers

Pet shops that sell puppies don't want the public to know they are unethical, so will rarely admit that their puppies are from puppy mills. The act of selling puppies from cruel puppy mills - especially while millions of innocent shelter dogs are being put to death every year due to there not being enough homes - shows how unethical these pet shops are.

People who purchase these puppies may think they are 'saving' them, but they are actually funding this cruel industry, encouraging it and enabling it to continue.

Around four million puppy mill puppies are bought each year, encouraging this cruel industry to breed more. If four million dogs had been adopted INSTEAD of bought from pet shops, the puppy mill industry would see there was no demand for them and cease to exist.

There would also be a whole lot fewer innocent, re-homable dogs being put through the terror of being put to death due to there not being enough homes.

Not Only Pet Shops Sell Puppy Farm Puppies

Puppy mills do not just supply pet shops. Other unethical sellers can buy the puppies cheaply from puppy mills and sell them for a big profit to customers. Other puppy sellers supplied by puppy mills can include include online sellers, sellers that advertise in newspapers, magazines, pet shops, shop windows and notice boards, etc.

They may claim to be private breeders, because nobody wants to admit to selling puppies that come from puppy farms. This is because they know it is cruel, unethical, and that they are ripping potential owners off by charging them a lot for what they paid peanuts for. They also know they are saddling them with a dog that is likely to have a lot of expensive and heart breaking problems.

Back Yard Breeders 

(if you are one and reading this, you are a disgusting FILTHY excuses for human beings.)

Back yard breeders are irresponsible people who mistakenly think breeding dogs is a way to make money. They are unscrupulous people who do not do vital thorough health checks on the breeding parent dogs, or look in to their family history health.

This results in defective genes being passed down and the puppies suffering a variety of painful and debilitating conditions throughout their lives. Apart from being distressing and very often painful for the dogs, these conditions are very expensive for owners to treat.

These breeders will advertise their puppies on pet shop noticeboards, in newspapers, on the web and other places. They need to do this because they are disreputable and irresponsible and did not make sure they had homes secured for the puppies before they were conceived.

Many even breed the types of dogs that animal shelters are already overflowing with - the breeds that are put to death in their millions every year, simply due to lack of homes. Sadly, many of these newly bred puppies later end up in shelters and meet the same fate.

The Sad Reality Of Irresponsible Breeding

It is not only puppy mills that put puppies to death if a condition, such as deformity or deafness, is detectable before they are sold. Breeders will often put the puppies to death if they are 'sub-standard'.

This is despite it not being the fault of the puppy, but of the irresponsible breeder for not doing the vital health checks on the breeding parents. The health checks would have revealed whether the parent dogs were suitable to breed from and check whether they would pass on defective genes and conditions.

Irresponsible breeders main concern is making money. They do not want to cut in to their profits by doing health checks, etc. They could not care less about passing down defective genes. They do not care about the painful conditions their actions cause dogs to suffer throughout their lives, or about the heartbreak and expense the dogs' suffering causes the owners they sell to (see Bad-Breeders.

They certainly do not care about increasing the number of innocent, healthy, abandoned pets that are put to death, because of them adding to the already huge dog overpopulation.

When the puppies from irresponsibly bred litters are bred from again, (by other irresponsible people attempting to make money), the defective genes are again passed on and the cycle continues.

Please do not fund this selfish greed and cruelty.

False Pedigree Papers With Puppies Are Common

It is common for unscrupulous breeders to provide false 'official papers' with puppies that they claim are kennel club registered pedigree dogs, so they can justify charging the money they do.

There are plenty of instances where the puppies have grown up in to cross breed dogs bearing no resemblance to the breed that the pedigree papers claimed they were!

How Do I know Who Is A Reputable Breeder?

To learn the dangers of falling victim to a bad breeder, and to find out what you should expect from a good breeder, open up this page

It's Unthinkable To Buy, While Shelter Dogs Die

Of course, with millions of loving, re-homable dogs being put to death every year due to the lack of people adopting them, it is unthinkable to encourage dog breeding by buying a puppy instead of saving the life of one of those innocent dogs.

Did You Know? The healthiest dog to get is a crossbreed - the more of a mixture, the better! These dogs have the least health problems in life as they are least in-bred

If you are interested in helping one of the millions of abandoned dogs by adopting, fostering or sponsoring one. please have a look at your local shelters

Here are a couple of things you can do to help stop puppy mills yourselves.

Don’t buy from a pet store! Most pet stores get their animals from mills, not local breeders. If you’re unsure, ask the shop owners and find out their source. Ask for written proof.

Make adoption your first option. Check your local shelters for a potential pet. There are many dogs waiting in shelters for good homes – and 25% of them are purebred! Or, look for a dog with a breed rescue group. Scan the internet for breed-specific rescue organizations.

Know how to recognize a responsible breeder. If you are choosing to buy from a breeder, make sure you are buying from one who cares about his or her dogs.

See where your puppy was bred and born. Ask the breeder to look at the home where the puppy was born and ask to meet the parents (or at least the mother). Also, ask for an adoption contract that explains the breeder’s responsibilities, health guarantees, and return policy.

Internet buyers beware! If you buy a puppy based on a picture and a phone call, you have no way to see the puppy’s home or meet her parents. Also, those who sell animals on the internet are not held to the Animal Welfare Act regulations – and are not inspected by the USDA.

Share your puppy mill story with the us! If you have – or think you have – purchased a puppy-mill puppy, share your story. Every bit of evidence can help to get laws passed banning puppy mills.

Speak out. Write to your local and state legislators. Encourage him or her to support laws that protect animals.

Tell your friends. If your friend is planning to buy a puppy mill puppy, spread the word and inform them of the cruelty of these facilities. Tell them about the wonderful dogs in animal shelters.

Think globally. Use the internet (Facebook, Twitter, a blog, etc.) to speak out about puppy mills!

Act locally. When people are looking to buy or adopt a pet, they will often ask the advice of their veterinarian, groomer or pet supply store. Ask the owners if you can leave flyers with them.

                             TAKE ACTION

Dedicated to every dog stuck in a puppy mill. 

                                                             Yours Truly,
                                                              Dee Snow

It is well known that puppy farms - or puppy mills as they are also called - are only interested in profit. They are not interested in animal welfare, as this would cut in to their profits.

The majority of pet shops that sell puppies are supplied by puppy mills, as these unethical pet shops are also motivated solely by profit and are fully aware of how puppy mills operate.

This needs to stop now.

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