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Within the last six months Phoenix, Chicago, and four cities in Florida joined a growing list of cities across North America that have banned the sale of pet store puppies and kittens. This is significant for the crackdown on puppy mills since most pet store puppies come from puppy mills.

Puppy mill dogs are similar to factory-farmed animals; the only difference is the state in which they end up on the shelves. Thankfully because of organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), stories of rescued dogs from puppy mills make it into our news feeds. Stories like those about Luca, Moxie, and (who could forget) Ricky Bobby are an inspiration in the fight against puppy mills.

What’s more, the fight to ban puppy mills is definitely on and progressing! Here a five things that you can do to take part!

1. Familiarize Yourself With the Issues

Watch these five videos of amazing puppy mill rescues. (Tip: grab the tissues.) Watching the incredible work that is being done to help stop puppy mills is uplifting and will inspire you to take action to aid these animals.

2. Always Adopt, Never Buy

Always adopt, never a companion. For every companion purchased from a pet store, that’s money in the pocket of a puppy mill breeder. After watching the five videos above, who would want to support the mass production of puppies? Always adopt!

3. Foster

Not ready for a long-term commitment? Foster! Many rescue groups have short and long-term foster programs. Some just need fosters for a weekend! Now how easy is that?

4. See Something, Say Something

Never be silent in the fight to help animals! If you see a dog in a pet store, make a complaint! If you suspect or see a puppy mill operation use OGP’s Tiny Rescue hotline directory and call a hotline for assistance!

5. Support Puppy Mill Busters (and Rescues!)

Consider a monetary donation or volunteer your time to any of the top puppy mill busters, like the ASPCA, HSUS, and/or The Puppy Mill Project. Help raise awareness by sharing information about puppy mills on social media. Every little bit of action helps! You can support animal rescues that are directly involved with helping puppy mill dogs such as National Mill Dog Rescue, Hearts United for Animals and  North Shore Animal League.

Image source: Monica PC/Flickr

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9 comments on “5 Things YOU Can Do to Help Stop Puppy Mills”

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3 Years Ago

this appointment needs to go away and be replaced with someone who loves animals- burn in hell turds!!!!

Jessie Thornburg
4 Years Ago

Tracie Hale

Sandra Jasprizza
4 Years Ago

Disgusting places , no animal should go near one of these torture houses....

Monika Megyeri
4 Years Ago

I have been rescued 5 dog since im live here (since 1995)

Neil George
4 Years Ago

Matt Sully Sophie Songhurst

Maggie DeWitt
4 Years Ago

Dinah Mason

Intzar Ali
4 Years Ago

Arae bhai kyo band kar deya isko plz open

Jass Dhariwaal
4 Years Ago

so cute plz open the cage let him be free

Teresa Barquet
4 Years Ago

Karen Sweet
4 Years Ago

watch the cartoon here to learn more about puppy mills. http://no2puppymills.org


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