Why do we need to stop puppy mills?
Due to poor sanitation, overbreeding and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills frequently suffer from a variety of health issues, creating heartbreaking challenges for families who should be enjoying the delights of adopting a new family member.
Why are puppy mills a problem?
What Health Problems Are Common to Puppy Mill Dogs? Illness and disease are common in dogs from puppy mills. Because puppy mill operators often fail to apply proper husbandry practices that would remove sick dogs from their breeding pools, puppies from puppy mills are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions.
How do I stop supporting puppy mills?
Seven ways you can stop puppy mills
- Help make your local pet store puppy-friendly.
- Be an advocate.
- Contact your legislators.
- Write letters to the editor.
- Print and post flyers.
- Introduce our “Nose-to-Tail” program at your school.
- Shop our online store.
Is PetSmart cruel to their animals?
Away from public view and off-limits even to many of PetSmart’s employees, PetSmart’s back rooms hide away the immense suffering of the littlest companion animals.
Why you shouldn’t adopt from PetSmart?
Chances are they are going to end up at large chain pet stores like Petco or Petsmart. The issue with these pet stores is that they can lead you to impulse buy a pet, employees can give you the wrong care information about the pet you are buying, and worst yet, many people suspect them to abuse their animals.
Why you should never hug your dog?
While it’s only natural to want to embrace your loved ones, it’s not always a good idea to hug your canine friends. “Hugging is a form of handling, and handling can lead to fear, anxiety, and stress in some dogs,” says Dr. Vanessa Spano, DVM at Behavior Vets.
Illness and disease are common in dogs from puppy mills. Because puppy mill operators often fail to apply proper husbandry practices that would remove sick dogs from their breeding pools, puppies from puppy mills are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions. Blood disorders (anemia, Von Willebrand disease)
Why do people continue to use puppy mills?
Puppy mills exist because people continue to buy their puppies from pet stores, instead of rescues, shelters or reputable breeders. They take their new pet home, and still have no idea that the pups were most likely born in a place like this.
How can I adopt a dog from a puppy mill?
Adopt your dog from a local animal shelter or rescue group. If you have your heart set on a particular breed, check out breed-specific rescue groups in your area. Always visit the facility and talk to the dogs’ caregivers. Find out as much as you can about the dog’s history.
Is it legal to keep dogs in a puppy mill?
In most states, a breeding kennel can legally keep dozens, even hundreds, of dogs in cages for their entire lives, as long as the dogs are given the basics of food, water and shelter. When documented cruelty exists, the HSUS assists in shutting down puppy mills with the cooperation of local law enforcement.
How can I find out if my dog is from a puppy mill?
Find out as much as you can about the dog’s history. If choosing to buy a purebred puppy from a breeder, obtain plenty of references and follow up on them. Research the breeder through the national and local breed clubs. Visit the home or kennel where the dogs live. Be sure to meet the mother dog (and father too, if possible).