The Truth About Puppy Mills

It can be an exciting time when you begin the search to find a new furry best friend. You’ve done your research, prepared your home, and are now looking for the perfect pooch to complete your family. The local pet store is full of tiny bundles of fur, incredibly cute, and just waiting for you to choose them. But behind those adorable faces is a story of unending suffering, and animals exploited for profit.

What Is A Puppy Mill?

A puppy mill is the inhumane, breeding of dogs. Often on a large scale, where mother dogs spend their days confined to cages in unsanitary conditions. Endlessly bred to turn a profit. These mothers and puppies often suffer from numerous untreated health issues, and know nothing beyond the confines of their pen. In many cases, this physical and emotional trauma is not disclosed to unknowing families. And the uninformed adopters do not realize the potential medical and behavioral challenges that they will face with their new puppy.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the US. Shipping their pets off to pet stores and auction houses, and continuing the cycle of cruelty.

How You Can Help

It can be confusing to figure out how to ethically find your new furry friend. But you’re in luck! Animal shelter across the country have tens of thousands of pets waiting for their forever homes. By choosing not to purchase from a breeder, and adopting your new pet, you are ending the cycle AND saving life. Many shelters have purebred dogs available for adoption, and there are breed specific rescues if the type of dog is important to your family. At Great Plains SPCA, all pets have received their vaccinations, spay/neuter, and are microchipped before they set foot outside of the shelter. Setting your family up for success.

If you are not ready to adopt, volunteering your time and donating to your local animal shelter are all great options. However you are able to contribute, you are making a massive difference in the lives of countless animals who need your help.

Just this weekend, GPSPCA has taken in 14 animals from a puppy mill that has now been shut down by local authorities. By supporting during our Lend A Paw Donation Drive, you are allowing us to continue saving lives, just like theirs,every single day. Please DONATE TODAY.

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