Puppy Mill Awareness Day is dedicated to raising people’s awareness of the horrifying treatment and conditions in Puppy Mills. The goal of Puppy Mill Awareness Day is to education people in the hope that they will change the way they find their pets.
What is a Puppy Mill?
A Puppy Mill is basically a dog factory. Puppy mill facilities produce large populations of puppies for sale in retail pet stores. Unfortunately, these places are often disgustingly dirty and are known to treat the dogs cruelly.
Dogs are not the only ones suffering. Cats are mass produced in kitten mills. Kitten mills, like puppy mills are known for their deplorable and cruel conditions. Kitten mills are typically smaller operations than puppy mills.
Puppy mill dogs are crammed into small, dirty cages that are often outside year round. The dogs are not fed regularly, the food is substandard at best, and clean water is not something puppy mill dogs have access to. These conditions cause serious health problems for the dogs. Many dogs suffer from:
- Flea and other pest infestations
Even with serious health problems puppy mill dogs do not receive proper veterinary care.
“Brood bitches” drive the puppy factory – they are the female dogs that are kept pregnant in order to keep the supply of puppies constant. The breeding females live their entire lives in the puppy mill. Even though they are constantly pregnant they are typically malnourished and rarely receive veterinary care. Once a female dog can no long become pregnant (at about 7 years old) she is killed.
The puppies in puppy mills are often inbred and taken from their mother too soon (4-8 weeks old). In many cases the puppies don’t know how to eat on their own and they die of starvation. The inbreeding in puppy mills causes a large number of puppies to be born with genetic diseases and abnormalities – shortening life span severely.
The puppies are packed in crates without sufficient food and water for transportation to pet stores. Many die on the way to retail stores. Those that aren’t sold face an uncertain fate – they might end up back at the puppy mill, be sold for research purposes, or killed.
Breeders and retailers alike use puppy mills to provide customers with puppies the cheapest way they can. Puppy mills keep costs low to the detriment of the animals. Puppy mills cut corners in the care and treatment of animals in order to ensure their profits.
Making a Difference
You don’t have to be an activist to make a difference. Here are some easy ways to make sure you’re not supporting puppy mills:
- Don’t buy animals at pet stores – look into adoption or research reputable, local breeders
- Don’t shop at stores that sell animals
- Report animal abuse to the appropriate authorities
- Help spread the awareness – share this blog with your friends
For more information about what you can do click this link: http://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/campaigns/puppy-mills/what-you-can-do
For more information about puppy mills check out: http://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/campaigns/puppy-mills/puppy-mill-facts