A puppy mill is a place that breeds dogs for profit only, without a care to health, temperament or behavior. Puppy mill puppies are almost always poor in health, and can often be unstable of temperament. It is not unheard of for puppies to be sold as purebred dogs, but are, in reality, mixed breeds that resemble the purebred.
Owners who buy from pet stores or puppy mills, or even backyard breeders often face serious illnesses requiring extensive veterinary care shortly after bringing the dog home. In some cases the dog has long-term and ongoing problems
The public must be willing to NEVER buy puppies or any other products in a pet store that sells dogs (like PETLAND).
In addition, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) must NOT be willing to issue registration certificates for the puppies born in puppy mills.
The public has options. If there is any compassion at all for the animals bred and raised under these miserable conditions then we need to STOP BUYING puppies and all other products from pet stores and instead adopt from local humane societies/shelters or rescue groups. Each puppy purchased from a pet store, a backyard breeder, or via the Internet serves an industry with no conscience. Again, the pet stores and puppy mills are feeding off of our demand.
SAVE A LIFE, ADOPT A HOMELESS PET.
If you are looking for a ‘puppy’, do not discount your local shelter and rescue groups. Plus there are many “reputable” breeders out there. Remember that a “reputable” breeder DOES NOT sell their puppies to pet stores.
**Help control the overpopulation of cats and dogs by spaying and neutering your pet.**