Dogs have it pretty sweet in life, right? They get to spend their days lounging around, playing with toys, and getting snacks from their favorite hoomans. Who could complain about that? Well, unfortunately, life isn’t always so amazing for the dogs of the world, especially puppy mill dogs. Puppy mills are large-scale breeding facilities designed to produce a huge amount of dogs for sale.

If you’ve ever walked past a store with a gaggle of fuzzy pups in the window, there is a good chance that they came from one of these mills. Treated as nothing more than commodities, puppy mill dogs never get to know what life as a dog is really like. They’re housed by the hundred in small wire cages and deprived of everything from basic good food and water to medical care. Breeding dogs will never leave these horrific enclosures or know what it feels like to be loved or shown kindness from a human. As animal lovers, the thought of this is completely heartbreaking, but there is good news. As more people are waking up to the reality of where pet store puppies come from, they are choosing not to support this cruel system, opting to adopt shelter pets instead.

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Many cities across the U.S. have put legislation prohibiting the sale of puppy mill dogs in place, and there are many amazing organizations hard at work rescuing dogs and giving them a better life. One needs look no further than the example of Tommy Pickles, a former mill-pup who was saved by National Mill Dog Rescue, to understand just how much these groups are helping dogs.

On Facebook, Tommy’s new mom writes, “I adopted Sirius on Sunday (we now call him Tommy Pickles). He’s been the most amazing addition to my life and it doesn’t take more than a look into his eyes or a listen to his old man snoring to make me smile.”

 

 

Only a few days after adopting this little one, both of  their worlds have completely changed for the better. She continues, “Tommy Pickles and I go everywhere together and he is the best friend I could have ever dreamed of. He is spoiled beyond belief and will continue to be spoiled for as long as he lives. I feel that he has earned this. Thank you National Mill Dog Rescue!”

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This is really the sort of life that all dogs deserve, and each and every one of us can make that a reality with a few simple choices. If you’re looking to  bring a new pet into your life, always adopt and don’t shop! If you’re not looking to add another addition to the family, but want to help in other ways, support the work or organizations like National Mill Dog Rescue.

Image source: National Mill Dog Rescue/Facebook 
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