Raising Awareness-Puppy Mills (Puppy Farms)

We’ve long been advocates for ending the suffering of dogs in puppy mills. We started our first website over a decade ago in an effort to raise awareness of these disgusting breeding farms and offer tips on how to avoid supporting them. We’re excited to participate in this week’s #woofwednesday campaign to raise awareness of puppy mills on twitter along with @molliewestie, @wellbalancedpup, @willmydoghateme, @dobie_evgeni, and others.

About Puppy Mills
(From The Humane Society of the United States)

Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills — factory-like facilities, churning out purebred puppies in large numbers. Puppy mills look to make a profit; commonly disregard the dog’s physical and emotional health; and do not adhere to sound breeding practices. The result is often sick or dying puppies who suffer from genetic, mental and physical health problems that are not always immediately apparent to the consumer. Thousands of “breeder” dogs live a miserable existence in horrific conditions without hope of ever being part of a family.

Most pet stores are adamant that they do not support puppy mills and that the dogs they sell are strictly from “reputable breeders.” However, many people who purchase their puppy from a pet store can end up with a sick or dying animal. With some research, they will learn their puppy was indeed from a puppy mill. For those who were lucky enough to purchase a healthy dog, it is important to keep in mind that purchasing that dog makes room for more puppy mill dogs raised in horrendous conditions. Every puppy mill dog purchased ensures that the industry continues to thrive.

About #woofwednesday

#woofwednesday is a way for animal lovers to connect with one another on twitter. Similar to #followfriday, dogs shout out to their twitter pals and offer suggestions of excellent people to follow. By combining #woofwednesday tags with #banpuppyfarms, #banpuppymills and #stoppuppymills, we hope to raise awareness of the condtions in these farms.

What You Can Do

  1. Don’t buy a puppy from a pet store.
  2. Adopt a dog or puppy from the pound, humane society, SPCA or breed rescue organization. Check out www.petfinder.org for adoptables in your area.
  3. If you do buy a puppy make sure you investigate the breeder, visit them in person, and make sure the parents of the puppies are well cared for and have had all health screenings completed. Look for a breeder that participates in showing, obedience, agility or other field sports and is a member of the club for their breed (ie: The Mastiff Club of America). Remember, just because an online advertisement says “home raised” doesn’t mean they actually are.
  4. Spread the word! Friends don’t let friends buy from puppy mills.
  5. Add the tags #banpuppyfarming #banpuppymills or #stoppuppymills to your tweets.
  6. Check out Prisoners of Greed for more information, brochures, educational materials, or to donate.

More Information on Puppy Mills

  • Prisoners of Greed
  • Stop Puppy Mills
  • About Puppy Mills

Promote Effective Legislation

There is a difference between ineffective “animal rights” legislation and effective puppy mill legislation. Extremists lobby for laws that infringe on all dog owner’s rights and make it harder for responsible breeders to do the right thing, creating more of a demand for puppy mill puppies. A standard of care requiring puppy farmers to treat dogs in the same manner a responsible breeder treats them would more effectively address the suffering of dogs in puppy mills.

We support legislation for tougher requirements on dog farmers. Requirements for veterinary care, proper diet and exercise, socialization and space requirements barely exist and are not regularly enforced. Even some places with spay/neuter laws still allow pet stores to import puppies from breeding farms in other states which does little to solve the pet overpopulation problem and end the abusive conditions in puppy mills.

Puppy farmers are out to make a profit and don’t care about the quality of life their dogs experience. Requiring health screenings prior to breeding, quality food, limiting the number of breedings, requiring daily walks & plenty of exercise/play time, and banning wire cages would be a good start. Holding ALL breeders responsible for any puppy they create if the new owner’s no longer want to keep it would really crimp puppy miller’s profits and place the responsibility of caring for unwanted dogs back onto the people who breed them. A simple microchip requirement would make it easy to identify where dogs originated so shelters could hold puppy millers responsible for the cost of caring for their unwanted dogs. Combine this with enforced & increased care requirements and puppy mills would disappear, lessening the burden on shelters.


  1. Kyla Duffy says:

    Thank you for your posting about puppy mills! I’ve had my eyes open for about two years now, since we began fostering Boston Terriers, and I can’t believe that puppy mills are so prolific in a country like the United States. Clearly we still have a long way to go.

    I’m raising awareness about puppy mills and to supporting dog rescue groups by publishing breed-specific books full of stories about adopted dogs. The books give proud owners of adopted dogs a chance to showcase them, raise awareness about dog adoption and breed characteristics, and generate funding for dog rescue through the donation of a portion of each sale.

    Please spread the word, if you would, that we are collecting stories about adopted dogs of any breed (or mixed breeds). The website to buy books or submit stories is http://happytailsbooks.com. We tweet updates about the books, puppy mills and other interesting doggie topics.

    Twitter: @happytailsbook