Who can resist a cute puppy sitting in a storefront window, playing with a toy or sleeping peacefully? What you cannot see in the window is how many of those cute, purebred puppies come from puppy mills all over the United States, where dogs are forced to live in small cages and rarely come in contact with a compassionate human.
Puppy mills operate for profit with little concern about the health and treatment of the dogs in their care. The female breeding dogs suffer most, forced to live their lives in small cages and reproduce until they can no longer handle pregnancy or die. Many times when a female breeding dog is no longer able to reproduce, she is brutally killed or abandoned. These dogs never have a chance at a happy life or human companionship.
Quite often, the dogs that are produced by puppy mills have health and behavioral problems attributable to their lack of human contact, over-breeding and deficient veterinary care. Without a background check on the original puppy vendor, these problems often take unsuspecting customers by surprise when their cuddly and irresistible pup develops serious problems after it is brought home. SPCA International hears continually from people who have purchased a puppy from what they thought was a reputable person or store, only to have the puppy die soon after purchase or incur extraordinary veterinary bills on its path back to health.
SPCA International strongly encourages people to adopt a dog or cat from their local animal shelter or rescue group, but the sad news is that people unknowingly will continue to purchase dogs from puppy mills. Below are some helpful tips to follow when thinking about purchasing a puppy:
Help SPCA International spread the truth regarding puppy mills. We can help to stop the puppy mill profit stream by encouraging our friends and family to adopt a wonderful dog or cat from their local animal shelter or rescue group. Millions of animals are euthanized every year in shelters while waiting for their forever home. You can make all the difference for them!
This SPCA International article is intended to help further your understanding of your animal's needs. We understand your unique bond with your pet and it is our pleasure to help you look after its welfare. Thanks to your continued support, SPCA International is able to provide you and countless others with important news regarding the safety of your pets. Thank you again for your donations – every little bit helps!