Mary Miller via Crowdrise
November 19, 2010
BENEFITING: Best Friends Animal Society
I am not, however, capable of keeping my mouth shut about issues I feel strongly about. One of those issues is the cruel and inhumane practice of raising dogs in Puppy Mills (aka, "commercial dog breeding facilities”) and selling them in pet stores as if they are just another product to pick up on your way home from work. I mean, what do these “To Get” lists look like...Toilet paper, Tampons, Tissues, Puppy?
Ryan was a “product” of a puppy mill. Which means she, and all her mill-mates, spent the first part of their lives sitting in cages only six inches larger than themselves. She ate, drank, pooped, peed and slept all in the same place. Every day. Every minute. Every second of her life.
There are nearly 6,000 federally licensed “commercial kennels” in the U.S., supplying about 4 million dogs a year. Meanwhile, nearly 5 million animals are killed in shelters each year. Not OK. And totally avoidable.
If you’re interested in bringing a dog into your family, please don’t buy from a pet store, a classified ad, or from some sketchy internet service! It’s pretty safe to assume all these animals will have come from a Puppy Mill. And if you absolutely HAVE to have that special breed, consider that 20 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred. If you can’t find the one you’re looking for, there are breed rescues in every state and in most cities in the U.S. They are not that hard to find.
Basically what I’m asking y’all to do…TODAY…is:
1. GO TO www.network.bestfriends.org/campaigns/puppymills/default.aspx and learn everything you can about puppy mills and their connection to pet store purchases.
2. GO TO www.network.bestfriends.org/campaigns/puppymills/pledge.aspx and pledge never to buy an animal from a pet store.
3. SPREAD THE WORD to your friends and families, asking them to never, ever, ever buy animals from pet stores.
4. DONATE to Best Friends, “Puppies Aren’t Products Campaign” (through this CROWDRISE account) and help the amazing staff and volunteers to continue educating and fighting against puppy mills and encouraging adoptions.