Where did my dog come from?
As the animal welfare movement grows, more people are adopting their dogs from rescue groups, the city pound and/or humane societies and shelters. However, many people are still purchasing their pets from pet stores or breeders. Unfortunately, these people are unaware of how or where their beloved pet originated. If only they knew that approximately 3,500 pet stores in the United States are selling around 500,000 puppies a year acquired from puppy mills, they would never purchase a dog again, but rather rescue a loving family pet from their local shelter. Not only do pet stores acquire their puppies from puppy mills, but often breeders do as well.
What is a puppy mill?
Puppy mills are facilities where humans breed helpless dogs, providing minimal care to maximize their profits.
There are approximately 5,000 puppy mills in the United States! Dogs are often inbred to maximize their use, thereby saving money for the breeder. One female will often breed repeatedly until she becomes “useless” due to illness and/or injury from excessive breeding. At this point she will most likely be killed or sold to another puppy mill for further exploitation.
Dogs that are born and raised in puppy mills often have genetic disorders due to inbreeding or injuries from loose wires or dog fights. Additionally, they often live in such abhorrent conditions including, but not limited to, standing in feces, lack of air conditioning or heating and cramped quarters that cause them to become physically and/or emotionally ill.