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What is a puppy mill?
Puppy mills are large-scale dog breeding facilities. They want to make money by breeding and selling as many dogs as possible.
Dogs in puppy mills are often kept in inhumane conditions and bred many times without regard for proper care or careful breeding. The conditions of the puppy mill can include:
Dog feet and legs are hurt by small cages with wire floors.
There are cages on top of each other.
There is a Poor sanitary practices can lead to illness and parasites.
There is little time for recovery between litters.
There is a Puppies separated from their mother at too young an age can impact health and behavior for years to come.
The Internet and classified ads can be used to sell puppies from puppy mills. Most of the puppies in pet stores are from puppy mills.
What’s so bad about puppy mills?
People will often say, “I bought my puppy from a pet store, but she’s a wonderful pet.” The problem of puppy mills is not limited to the individual dog.
Puppy mill puppies will end up in pet stores and new homes with parasites, kennel cough, and other infirmities because of poor breeding and care conditions. They may have behavioral problems if they are separated from their mothers too soon.
Puppy mills are harmful to the breeds they reproduce. Puppies are often bred with no regard for genetic quality because they are focused on making money. Puppies are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions.
Puppy mills take homes away from animals in shelters and rescue groups. Puppy mills are harmful to many dogs because an individual puppy can grow into a happy, beloved family member. Puppy mills make money over animal welfare.
How to spot a puppy mill ad
You might not know that the puppy you are getting is from a puppy mill. Many online retailers and commercial pet stores that sell animals offer papers that are proof of humane source and can be very convincing. There is no agency that regulates the sale of puppies. Even if a seller claims their puppies come from humane sources, they probably come from puppy mills.
There are some red flags that indicate a puppy mill.
There is a The seller has many different types of dogs.
Puppies are being sold less than six weeks old.
There is a A puppy will be shipped without an in-person meeting if the seller is located in another state.
There is a The seller/breeder will not show potential customers the place where animals are being bred and kept.
There is a The seller doesn’t ask a lot of questions. It is probably a puppy mill if you can click and pay for a puppy.
There is a The seller doesn’t make a commitment to you or the puppy. Most responsible breeders want to know where their puppies are going, and commit to taking the pet back at any time if something happens. Puppy mills want to move puppies as quickly as possible and not have any additional contact.
Responsible breeders wouldn’t sell a puppy through a pet store or online. MostReputable breeders don’t need to advertise on the Internet to place their dogs.
How to find a puppy and avoid puppy mills
If you are looking for a puppy, start by contactingReputable breeders and breed specific rescue groups in your area. The best way to find a good dog breeder is to get a referral from your friends, your vet, or an official breed club in your area. There is a guide and directory on the website.
Responsible breeders care for their dogs. They want the same in a new family for their puppies. Responsible dog breeders.
There is a Will show you where the puppy’s parents live.
There is a Will tell you about the puppy’s vaccine and medical history.
Will not have puppies year-round; may keep a waiting list.
There is a Will answer questions about the puppy’s background and care, as well as their breeding practices.
There is a Will ask about your family lifestyle, why you want a puppy, how you will care for and train it, and so on.
Pressure sales tactics will not be used. Dog breeders and rescue groups are not interested in making money. They believe in maintaining and furthering the breed and finding a good fit for every dog.
If you want a puppy, but don’t care what breed it is, your local animal shelter or rescue group is a great resource.
It is difficult to resist an adorable puppy. Remember to consider the source when buying a puppy from an online ad or pet store. Visit your local animal shelter and help make puppy mills a thing of the past.
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Think About the Parents
The parents of puppies in a pet store are locked up in filthy cages for the rest of their lives. Imagine spending your entire life surrounded by the same walls. There are no soft beds, toys, cuddles, or love. There is no fun to be had at the dog park. When it is time to be bred, dogs in puppy mills are only handled. They are seen as a stock whose sole purpose is to help someone make money.
Puppy mill operators cut corners to maximize profits. Dogs are given little to no veterinary care, and often suffer from pain associated with medical ailments, matted fur, dental disease, and overgrown nails. To cut down on the amount of time it takes to clean, dogs live in wire-bottomed cages so their feces and urine can fall through the bottom, sometimes onto the cages below. The dogs are left with no choice but to walk, sleep and eat in a feces-caked cage when the system fails. It is unsanitary and inhumane.
The tired bodies of female dogs are bred every heat cycle. Puppies are taken away from their parents so they can be shipped off to pet stores. When dogs are no longer used by the breeder, they are sold at auction or killed. The majority are not as lucky as some. Animals should not be subjected to such cruel treatment. Ever.