We have seen the pictures and heard the stories. Sometimes we avert our eyes as they begin to tear. It is a hard subject to face, yet face it we must. I am talking about the horrific conditions within Puppy Mills. Before you think to yourself “Oh no, no, no. let me click out of this article”, allow me to say the person that is inclined to not face this reality, That person, perhaps you, that this article is written for. Those already knowing the torturous lives these dogs lead already know Puppy Mills need be outlawed, or vanish via education on the topic. It is those who have not given it much thought, those that avert their eyes, not wanting to think about such cruelty… If you are one of those? This is a direct message right to you. it is my hopes that just one (oh, and I do hope many more) would react to such education to be a part of having Puppy Mills dry up and vanish.
Many of these dogs suffer with little or no food. Starved to death because their breed may not be selling well. Or the Mothers being forced to breed two times a year for five years then killed. The diseases, parasites, sleeping in their own waste, drinking green dirty water… for possible years, all done for one reason. Money. A Puppy Mill can gross more than $300 thousand dollars a year, and there is an estimated 15,000 Puppy Mills in this country. Selling to pet stores, then to you without the animals health and welfare a consideration. When in doubt if your animal you are interested in buying comes from a Puppy Mill, ask to see it’s mother. Any reputable place will.
Yes, I could write so much more on the devastating conditions and sad actual stories of these animals, but that is not what this article is about. This is about how to make Puppy Mills a thing of the past, and yes, you can help so easily. If you or someone you know wants to buy a puppy for their family, or for anyone for that matter, simply do not buy from a pet store or an online dog site or even Craigslist. So many wonderful animals can be found at adoption rescue centers, and you will be saving a life and I bet feeling pretty good about yourself for doing such a wonderful deed. It is that simple. Heroes come in all forms. Adopting a rescue animal and you are certainly a hero, and think about the valuable lesson you may be passing down to your children by doing so.
You can even use the Internet to find that special new family member by simply searching in your favorite search engine the breed you would like, adding the word ‘rescue’. Again, visit a rescue shelter or rescue adoption center. Pet Smart has adoption days for rescue animals, to which is a wonderful place you can trust. If you need perhaps a little help you can visit https://www.petfinder.com/ and/or call (609) END-MILLS.
In an age where it is so easy to say “There is nothing I can do” this is easy, you can do something. By adopting a rescue animal you take away the profit of the Puppy Mills. The more people are educated about Puppy Mills, and the more they turn to rescue animals, the less Puppy Mills there will be, and hopefully one day not be lucrative enough to continue.
State legislation is not enough. They do little for the welfare of the animal and they continue to live a truly sheltered and horrible life. Humane is not a word for others to follow. By adopting a rescue animal you are showing all what it is to be humane.
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God Bless The animals that can’t speak for themselves. You can be their voice.