Any business that puts value in making a profit over the care and well-being of dogs is a place that doesn’t deserve to exist – and certainly doesn’t deserve your business! Puppy mills are the very worst offenders. Breeding incessantly and often putting dogs and puppies through incorrigible conditions, these places are literally horrendous.
We decided to take a look at the regulations and laws regarding puppy mills across the country. Here’s a quick glance at where your state stands:
For the purpose of the above infographic, we defined “heavy regulation” using the ASPCA’s detailed rankings of existing state laws. If a state has extensive laws governing the operation of puppy mills AND conducts inspections, then it’s deemed as heavily regulated.
A state that has no “standards of care” or inspections falls under the states without regulation laws.
And the states which fall between the two extremes have laws in place governing the care of puppies bred for sale. However, those states do not conduct inspections or offer little in the way of enforcement of existing regulations.
If you are concerned that you live in a state with little to no regulation, there’s still a possibility that you live in a well-regulated county.
You can learn more about the regulations in your state by consulting Michigan State University’s Animal Legal and Historical Society or Born Free USA.
Want to do more and fight against this cruelty? Head over to ASPCA’s great FAQ page for all the information!
Featured image via Companion Animal Psychology
True confession……… I happen to detest holiday shopping unless, that is, I’m shopping for my four-legged family members! If you will be holiday shopping for your own pets, I have a special favor to ask of you. My request is that you purposefully avoid spending even a single penny at pet stores that sell puppies. I want the proprietors of these businesses to take a financial hit, so much so that they are forced to either close their doors or quit selling puppies (I would be content with either outcome).
Why do I feel as I do? If you are new to my blog you may not know that most if not all of those adorable little puppy faces found in pet store cages originate from puppy mills – commercial breeding operations where dogs are housed in deplorable conditions. The breeding dogs typically serve life sentences with no chance at parole. Their puppies are fraught with behavior and training issues, thereby increasing the likelihood they will be relinquished to a shelter or rescue organization or, worse yet, euthanized. A recently released ASPCA video does a wonderfully creative job describing the relationship between pet stores and puppy mills.
Boycotting pet stores that sell puppies is a simple step each and every one of us can take that will bring us closer to the eradication of puppy mills. Are you willing to join me in this effort? If so, please take the “No Pet Store Puppies Pledge” and urge your friends, relatives, neighbors, and coworkers to do the same. Give me a shout out/leave a comment once you’ve taken the pledge and your name will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous ASPCA gift basket filled with goodies for you (can you say, “Walker’s Shortbread Cookies”?) and some special treats for your pets.
Thank you for your help. Together we can make a difference in the fight against puppy mills. Happy holiday shopping!
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No judgments here: K-9 Angels Rescue urges everyone to make adoption their first option — but if you, or someone you know, bought a puppy, you can still assist the ASPCA with their efforts to shed a light on the link between puppy mills and pet store puppies.
If you purchased a dog from a pet store within the past year, the ASPCA needs your help.
The ASPCA receives thousands of calls and emails from people who bought a puppy from a pet store and didn’t realize, until it was too late, that their puppy was born in a puppy mill. We know that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, but we want to help the ASPCA show people where their local pet stores are getting puppies before they buy! That’s where you come in!
If you, or someone you know, bought a puppy from a pet store, you should have been provided with paperwork at the time of purchase that includes the name and USDA license number of the breeder who bred that puppy. Please find that paper and visit the No Pet Store Puppies website to share the information. The information you provide may help us connect your local pet stores to photos of the breeders who supply them.
Take a look inside the gallery of photos taken by USDA inspectors at licensed breeding facilities where violations were found. They depict both violations of the law and other conditions that are legal but that the ASPCA considers inhumane.
Make adoption your first option.
If you’re looking to make a puppy part of your family, check your local rescue groups first. Not only will you be saving a life, but you will ensure that your money is not going to support a puppy mill. There are many dogs waiting for homes in rescue groups and shelters all across the country!
If you’re committed to a specific breed of dog and can’t find what you’re looking for at your local shelter, contact a rescue group for that breed or locate a responsible breeder. Responsible breeders never sell puppies to dealers or pet shops or ship a puppy to a buyer without meeting them first. They operate in an open, undisguised manner, allowing and even encouraging potential buyers/adopters to visit and tour their homes and meet their breeding dogs.
Sign the pledge not to buy anything from stores that sell puppies.