Puppy Mills + Animal Rescue = Adopt, Don’t Shop
by Camryn Parsons
You may be thinking, “What is a puppy mill? Considering it has the word “puppy” in it, it must be pretty great!” I totally get why you think that, or why you have no clue what a puppy mill is; many people don’t. Because if many people did, perhaps puppy mills would run out of business. Or at least lose a lot of money. A puppy mill is a facility for dog breeding for the soul purpose of prophet.
In puppy mills, dogs are kept in cages, with very little room to just walk around, or even shift to their left or right. The cages have wire flooring that can be very damaging to dogs’ paws and legs. These cages are often stacked in columns, too. Because puppy mills are mainly focused on the profit involved, female dogs are forced to breed way more than they should be and is anywhere near healthy. They barely have any break time between liters. When the dogs are born, they will most likely be sold to pet-stores or perhaps through the internet or farmers market. Once the female dog is around four, she often is killed because she is no longer a use to the industry. ASPCA, an organization that spreads awareness about animal cruelty, thinks there could be as many as 10,000 puppy mills in the United States alone.
And if this is not enough evidence to prove the horrid conditions of animals in puppy mills, here are some statistics from a 2005 experiment conducted in California to see what kinds of lives dogs in puppy mills are living. 44% of the locations contained sick and abused animals, 32% of the animals were forced into confined living spaces, and 25% of the animals did not have a proper amount of food and water.
So how can you make a difference? First off, if you are considering getting a puppy soon then make sure you know where it is coming from! There’s a high chance that if you are getting the dog from a pet store, that it was born in a puppy mill. So, why not go to a shelter near you and adopt a puppy? Rescue dogs are often in dire situation of a new home and a loving family, so simply go there and help a puppy in need while taking a stand against puppy mills and animal cruelty. Many reasons people go to a pet-store to get a puppy is because they think rescue dogs can be misbehaved or troubled. But getting a dog is a serious responsibility, no matter where from! From personal experience of having a rescued dog, they may have a little anxiety or need some time warming up to you, but trust me: it’s worth it. Once your dog trusts you and realizes how much you love them, you will never regret your decision.
If you’re interested in learning more about puppy mills or how you can make a difference, click on the links below that I found interesting and helped me to write this! Enjoy, and remember: adopt; don’t shop. (Also, the pictures below the sources show what puppy mills are really like. Thanks for reading!)