In a recent study, the ASPCA found that 78 percent of all adults in the United States don’t know that a great number of dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, yet 80 percent of adults wouldn’t buy a dog that came from a puppy mill. These results prompted the ASPCA to launch a new public-awareness campaign called No Pet Store Puppies, which prompts consumers to take an online pledge not to shop at pet stores that sell pups.
- Take the pledge to not buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies.
- Tell your friends – Use this easy tool to send an email, post to your facebook wall or tweet the pledge.
- Print and post copies of this flyer to help spread the word.
- Add stores that sell puppies to the ASPCA list.
Why It’s Important
Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are large-scale commercial dog breeding operations where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, socialization or even food and water.
“It’s hard to resist those cute little puppies in the pet store windows, but most people have no idea where they come from,” Laurie Beacham, senior director of ASPCA Strategy & Campaigns, said in a release. “We continue to urge those who are looking for a new companion to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter or seek a responsible breeder so that the puppy mill industry becomes unsustainable.”
Purchasing a puppy at a pet store often supports the horrible puppy mill industry. Buying anything in pet stores that sell puppies supports the industry too! Buy all your pet supplies – toys, pet food, kitty litter – from stores that do not sell puppies or buy your pet supplies online.