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  • September: National Puppy Mill Awareness Month!

    Posted September 23, 2013 By in Puppy Mill Awareness With | No Comments

    Call to Action: Please help to divert money from puppy mills!

     

    (photo credit: dogspired.com)

    (photo credit: dogspired.com)

    Call to Action: Please help to divert money from puppy mills!  If you know someone looking to purchase a new puppy, ask them to avoid purchasing their puppy at pet shops, online, or though classifieds, where the condition of the breeding dogs (and their puppies) can’t be confirmed. Instead, please ask them to purchase from a reputable breeder or adopt from their local shelter.

    Here are a few surprising facts you can share about pet stores and online puppy businesses:

    1. These businesses often do not disclose their puppies come from puppy mills because, there is no legal description for “puppy mills.”

    2. Pet stores often don’t know where their puppies came from because they were purchased from a “middle man” who pawn the dogs between puppy mill and pet stores.

    3. Pet stores and online sellers have found a way to give false security by telling customers that their puppies only come from “USDA licensed breeders”. The truth is, often the USDA licensed breeders ARE the horrific puppy mills.

    A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs, as defined by the ASPCA. But to give you a more detailed picture, puppy mills house dogs and puppies in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. To ensure easy waste clean-up, dogs and puppies are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—cages and cages of dogs stacked on top of each other. If they are inside a building, there is very little ventilation and sunlight, as well these places are typically not heated and insulated. The dogs that are kept outside are typically “breeding dogs”, often spending their entire lives outdoors with no consideration for their mental or physical abilities to deal with the elements. NONE of these dogs or puppies go for walks, get bones to chew on, toys to play with, and no comfy blankets to nest in. The “breeder dogs” rarely if ever get groomed. The dogs with longer fur can live years weighted down by mats and the inability to clean themselves. All the dogs and puppies get inadequate medical care in general, but if a dog is injured, they simply live with it. Food provided is the cheapest most cost effective food on the market, with no concern for nutritional value. Without bones to chew and nutritional food, these dogs teeth often rot out, and they can go days upon days without water.

    Socialization consists of seeing each other through cages, forced mating, and a random human or two doing the bare necessities to keep them alive, often matched with harsh handling, abuse, and punishment based techniques to keep the “dogs in line”. Oh and let’s not forget the mental state or these poor dogs and puppies. Adult “breeder dogs” that are lucky enough to be rescued, need you more than ever! They come out fearful, anxious, and scared because they don’t have ANY positive life experiences. The puppies are often removed from their mom and siblings at 6 weeks of age, missing critical life lessons that affect their confidence, dog/dog social skills, and the ability to deal with life stressors. And guess what, no concern for genetic quality, if mom or dad have any psychological, neurological, or negative behavioral traits, the puppies are likely to have them as well.

    How can you help? 

    National Mill Dog Rescue is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located right here in Colorado. This amazing organization has, in 5 short years, rescued and placed over 8,000 puppy mill survivors!!! Please consider supporting their cause by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word! For more info visit the National Mill Dog Rescue website.

    The Downtown Animal Care Foundation  and their organization, the Rescue Rangers work to rescue and place abandoned and neglected animals that are in need of forever families. Just as recently as last week, they went out on a rescue mission to save puppies from mills. You can follow their rescue missions on their Facebook page. This is another great organization located in Denver, that will benefit from your donations or volunteered time.

    The Human Society offers great advice for ways to help! The Human Society offers great advice for ways to help! 7 Ways You Can Stop Puppy Mills”>7 Ways You Can Stop Puppy Mills.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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