7 Actions to Stop Puppy Mills

If we could stop puppy mills, we would put an end to one of the worst of the worst places you could ever imagine a lovable dog should ever have to spend his/her life. Too melodramatic? Well, it’s true.

As an avid animal advocate and lover, I feel it’s critical for human beings to protect the welfare of animals. They rely on us, trust us, and remain by our sides with loyal, unconditional love. When I wrote my lesbian romance novel, A New Leash on Life, I did so to not only entertain, but also to educate about animal welfare and the importance of supporting no-kill animal shelters through adoption, fostering and donations.

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Thank you for not supporting puppy mills!

The Truth About Puppy Mills

According to The Humane Society (www.stoppuppymills.org), puppy mills house dogs in shockingly poor conditions. After their fertility wanes, breeding animals are often killed, abandoned or sold cheaply to another mill to try and get “one more litter” out of the dog. The annual result of all this breeding is millions of puppies, many with behavior and/or health problems.

Why would anyone choose to support puppy mills?

The short answer to that is most supporters don’t even realize they are supporting them.

So what can we do to stop puppy mills?

  1. Never shop at pet stores that sell animals. Never. Even buying a bag of kibble from such a place supports them and will continue the harsh, cruel cycle of commercial breeding.
  2. Never buy a puppy from a pet store. According to the Oprah show, 99% of all puppies from a pet store come from a puppy mill. Whatever you do, NEVER buy from a pet store. You will only fuel the business of puppy mills. Instead, seek out pet stores who support homeless pet adoptions.
  3. Adopt a dog from an animal shelter.
  4. Support and volunteer at your local animal shelter.
  5. Exercise your right to vote and work with your state legislature on the passage of local laws in your own community that will improve the lives of dogs in puppy mills.
  6. Download and print these flyers (courtesy of The Humane Society) and bring them to your veterinarian or groomer’s office: “Getting a Puppy?” and “How to Find a Good Dog Breeder” are designed to help potential pet owners avoid puppy mills.
  7. Spread the word. Most people have no idea what a puppy mill even is, let alone that the cute puppy they purchased from the local pet store was born in the worst of conditions to a mother who has lived her entire life in a wire crate under despicable circumstances.

The longer we support pet stores who support puppy mills, the more dogs will have to continue to suffer at the hands of careless human beings. Let’s end this thing.

If you are considering welcoming a pet into your life, please consider adopting a shelter pet.

As with all of my books, I enjoy giving a portion of proceeds back to the #lgbt community as well as to the Hearts United for Animals: www.hua.org, a no-kill animal sanctuary.

Wishing you the best,

Suzie Carr, Novelist

P.S. Please chime in… Before I volunteered at an animal shelter, I had no idea what puppy mills really were. If you could pick one action (from the above list or one I didn’t include) to help stop puppy mills, what would it be?

10 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    I would never buy an animal from a pet store. All my pets have been from no kill shelters/rescued. When I hear friends saying they want a pet, I always encourage rescue organizations/shelters.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Trish
    Trish says:

    Thanks, Suzie, for bringing all this to light. My baby, Penny, came from a kill shelter, and she is the most angelic creature on earth. Everyone out there — please adopt! These pups need you!

  3. Kate
    Kate says:

    I had no idea these existed either. I have two cats both of which came from a rescue centre. I must admit I haven’t seen a petshop selling animals (except fish, rodents or reptiles) for over 20 years. Out of interest I just checked to see if it is still legal. Apparently in the UK a license is needed. Im assuming that it must be very expensive or hard to obtain or that the pet shop owners in the my city think it is a bad idea. Either way as much as I used to love staring through the windows of the pet shop at cute puppies and kittens Im so glad this practice seems to have declined in light of what you have just shown us. I was recently in Barcelona, Spain where my heart usually sinks to see all the caged animals on Las Ramblas (including birds which are the same as those sitting in the trees above the stalls!). However, last month many of these seem to have been replaced with waffle and icecream vendors…a vast improvement in my opinion 🙂

    • Suzie Carr
      Suzie Carr says:

      Hi Kate – they do exist a lot here in the US, unfortunately. We have pet stores in malls and shopping centers with dogs and cats in cages piled on top of each other. So sad. And this can be stopped by awareness. Most people aren’t aware. I was one of them before I volunteered and learned the facts from my local animal shelter. And, oh yes, I would say waffle and ice cream vendors are a total VAST imporovement! 🙂 Cheers!

  4. Alakshendra Tripathi
    Alakshendra Tripathi says:

    I have always had dogs in house before me and my brother moved out…luckily I never got a dog from these pet stores. It’s really sad to read all this for a dog lover like me. I have loved the animals at my home (at times more than the human members of the family) and what you’ve told above only wrecks my heart.

    Do you info about cows too?? (I know it’s cliched as am an Indian) but I love the cow that we have. And she loves me too. She plays with me and at times fights too 🙂

  5. Dedicated 2 Life
    Dedicated 2 Life says:

    Oh Suzie. Loved this post. My daughter and I have learned so much from volunteering at our local animal shelter and we just adopted our little guy who is quite the handful but he is still such a love bug. = ) Thanks for educating so many on puppy mills….and rabbit mills….and kitty mills, etc. The use of pet store sales for breeding and profit is just unnecessary.



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