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Welcome back and Happy New Year Paws for Thought fans! This week we want to briefly discuss a more serious issue. Puppy mills.

By now, many of you have probably read the Rolling Stone article that has shined a much needed light on puppy mills. According to the ASPCA “there could be as many as 10,000 puppy mills in the United States.” Puppy mills are horrible, unsanitary, overcrowded kennels/homes/rooms/basements where “breeders” breed dogs for a profit and do not care about the dogs’ wellbeing.

Puppy mill breeders keep their dogs and puppies in small cages, with little to no veterinary care and do not keep their dogs clean. They are forced to live in unsanitary conditions and the females are often over bred.

These dogs and puppies don’t get to experience the joy of toys, treats or even love.

Unbeknownst to many buyers, pet shops often sell puppy mill puppies, which means the buyer is unknowingly supporting puppy mills. It often isn’t until the new owner is home and realizes her puppy is sick, that her puppy is the product of puppy mills.

Help abolish puppy mills.

Stop buying from puppy stores. Instead, adopt a dog in need.
Don’t purchase puppies/dogs online.
Spread the word about puppy mills, raise awareness.
Speak to government officials about enforcing stricter laws for pet stores and breeders.
The fight to abolish puppy mills is a long and difficult road, but it is worth the battle. Here at Adopt-A-Dog we understand the want to help animals in need. We also realize that there’s no way one person, one rescue group, or one shelter can save them all. But by engaging in responsible animal rescue, adoption and pet ownership, together we can make a difference.