Have you ever heard about Puppy Mill Awareness Day?
It’s a national holiday that has been celebrated since 2003. This year, it falls on September 18, and it will be celebrated across the nation.
Every third Saturday of September is a Puppy Mill Awareness Day — a day to remember all the puppies that have had the misfortune of being born in a puppy mill.
It serves to educate people on how puppies live in puppy mills and promote the idea that puppy mills need to be closed.
In puppy mills, dogs are kept in small kennels, which are rarely cleaned. The dogs used for breeding don’t get fed enough, and are bred without any regard for their health. Dogs that cannot breed anymore are killed or abandoned.
Most puppies die soon after being born, and those that do live are sold to pet stores. As they come from sick parents, they are very often unhealthy as well.
Surprisingly, almost all pet stores offer pets from pet mills. So, if you buy a pet from a pet store, you support this ruthless practice.
How can you help?
- Don’t buy pets from pet stores. It’s almost certain they come from pet mills. If you want to buy, buy from reputable breeders. Only they can guarantee a healthy pup.
- Adopt. There are many options for adoption, even if you want a purebred dog. As 25% of dogs in adoption centers are purebred, you are sure to find one you’d like.
- Volunteer in any organization that supports animal rights. You can also sign petitions against pet mills.
- Spread awareness. Tell your friends and everybody you know not to buy pets from pet stores. If fewer people buy pets, puppy mills will lose their businesses.
September is the month to remember all the dogs and other animals that have suffered in pet mills and try to raise awareness of this cruel practice. Remember, if we all try, a society without puppy mills is possible.
In the end, remember to adopt, not shop!