If you’ve ever been shopping at a mall and walk past a pet store, it’s hard not to stop and say “Aww! Look at the puppy!” when the dogs look at you with their soulful eyes. But sadly, dogs from puppy mills come from an industry that is anything but adorable.

Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities, typically run on a “factory farm” model. In these places, the welfare and happiness of the dogs tend to be a far lower priority for the owner than the aim of simply turning a profit. Dogs are usually held in small, crowded wire cages and provided with the bare minimum of care required to keep them alive. Lack of space, inadequate nutrition, poor hygiene, and rampant overbreeding are commonplace in puppy mills, leaving the dogs with a host of health issues ranging from dental problems, severely matted fur, eye, ear, and throat infections, and severe genetic deformities.

But thanks to the kind folks behind National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR), whose mission is to “rescue, rehabilitate and re-home discarded breeding dogs,” dogs from puppy mills are getting a second chance at a happy life. NMDR recently posted an adorable photo of one of the dogs in their care, Connor, a two-year-old chihuahua who has been rescued from a puppy mill and is now looking for his forever home.

Connor is a former puppy mill dog and is now getting a second chance at life. Now this sweet pup knows that humans can do more than just hurt him. 

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Connor is understandably shy around new people and would need a calm, patient home where he can continue to learn the joys of being a dog. However, NMDR explains that once he gets used to his special person, he loves to snuggle and play.

For dogs rescued from the horrors of puppy mills, they have minimal socialization so love and patience from people go a long way. If you’re thinking of adding a furry best friend to your household but don’t want to support the cruel puppy mill industry, always adopt and never shop!

Image Source: National Mill Dog Rescue/Facebook