Did you know that July 21 is No Pet Store Puppies Day, as celebrated by the ASPCA?
This day is meant to raise awareness for puppy mill dogs and is a great opportunity to educate friends and family about the danger of buying puppies from pet stores. A puppy mill, for those who don't know, is are commercial breeding operations meant to churn out as many animals as possible for profit. These dogs spend their lives in tiny, overcrowded cages in unsanitary conditions and often lack proper veterinary care or even access to adequate food and water.
According to the Canadian Kennel Club, the definition of a puppy mill is as follows:
"The term “Puppy Mill” generally refers to a high-volume, sub-standard dog-breeding operation, which sells purebred or mixed breed dogs, directly or indirectly to unsuspecting buyers. Some of the characteristics common to puppy mills are:
(a) Sub-standard health and/or environmental issues;
(b) Sub-standard animal care, treatment and/or socialization;
(c) Sub-standard breeding practices which lead to genetic defects or hereditary disorders;
(d) Erroneous or falsified certificates of registration, pedigrees and/or genetic background.
Note: These conditions may also exist in small volume or single breed establishments."
Puppy mill cruelty is a worldwide problem occuring in large scales in North America. According to the ASPCA, there are "between 6,000 and 10,000 commercial breeding facilities in the United States" alone.
In lieu of No Pet Store Puppies Day we all need to remind ourselves on the importance of standing against this kind of cruelty and on the value of adopting your next best friend.
Visit NoPetStorePuppies.com and NoPuppyMillsCanada.ca to learn about laws and regulations surrounding commercial breeders, to discover reputable breeders and/or where to adopt and how you can help end the cruelty of puppy mills once and for all.