What are puppy mills

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You can stop to ask how much is that dog in the window, but do you ever stop thinking about how he got there? Chances are that pet store is pooch from a puppy mill.

When you are thinking of buying a dog, you need to be careful where to get it. It may be tempting to just stop by your local pet store and purchase one of the puppies available, but this is not an educated and responsible choice. You don't know where the puppies in this shop came from and it is very likely that they were bred in a puppy mill. Let's talk about what a puppy mill actually is, why it's bad, and what you can do to stop it.

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What is a puppy mill?

A puppy mill is a commercial breeding facility that breeds large numbers of dogs primarily in pet stores and also on the internet. It is estimated that about 90 percent of the puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy factories. These stores usually do not look into the facilities where the puppies are born, they simply take the wholesaler or supplier on their word that the puppies were raised in a safe and healthy facility. In many cases, the dogs used for breeding in puppy mills are kept in tight cages and forced to produce waste after litter for as long as they live. Conditions are dire and overcrowding is a major concern - dogs in puppy factories are also often malnourished or forced to suffer in medical conditions without veterinary care. In short, puppy mills are designed to maximize wholesalers' profits at the expense of the dogs used for breeding.

Related: Help The Puppy Mill Project Shut Down The Puppy Production Line

Things you can do to help

While you won't be able to stop puppy mills from churning up puppies on your own, there are a few things you can do to help fight these terrible institutions. The number one thing that you can do is be responsible for where you buy your puppy. Do not buy from a pet store unless you can contact the supplier directly and confirm that they are a reputable breeder who uses safe and responsible breeding practices. The only exception to this rule is for pet stores that only sell puppies and dogs from local animal shelters or rescues. It is still possible that these dogs were bred in a puppy but removed from a shelter or given by the original owner. However, you are supporting the shelter by adopting the dog instead of supporting the puppy mill where it was bred.

Related: What to Look for in a Reputable Breeder

If you are looking for a reputable breeder to buy a puppy from, be sure to do the research. In addition to speaking and speaking to the breeder directly, you should visit the facilities to ensure that both the puppies and breeding animals are housed in safe, sanitary facilities and are in good health. If the breeder doesn't answer your questions, doesn't want to give you sightseeing tours, or if they offer puppies that are less than six weeks old then these are all red flags and signs of a breeder choosing their own profit over the breeder's animal welfare.

In addition to buying your puppy from a reputable breeder, you can also support local, state, and national laws designed to protect animals from cruelty. Write to your local council to support laws that limit the number of animals a person can keep and breed. Vote for laws designed to ensure adequate treatment for animals, including access to clean food and water, adequate housing, and veterinary care. You can also request (through a petition, boycott, or peaceful demonstration) that your local pet stores deliver animals from local animal shelters rather than buying them from questionable sources.

Puppy mills are a big problem in this country, but there is something we can do to shut them down. Team up with other animal friends who share your faith, spread the word about how cruel these mills are and defend yourself for the rights of helpless animals. Together we can put an end to the puppy factories for good.

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