Don’t buy from a pet store! Nearly every pet store gets its animals from commercial dog breeders or puppy mills, bottom line.
Get educated. Please spend some time visiting your local shelters and rescues even if you do not intend to adopt a dog. You will see dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds.
Make adoption your first option.
Check your local shelters for a potential pet. There are many dogs waiting in shelters for good homes – and 25 percent of them are purebred! Look for a dog with a breed rescue group. Visit www.petfinder.com
Know how to recognize a responsible breeder. If you are choosing to buy from a breeder, make sure you see the dogs in the home where they are being loved and cared for. If the breeder will not let you see the Mom and her pups, they are NOT a responsible breeder. Visit www.pupquest.org
Internet buyers beware
If you buy a puppy based on a picture and a phone call, you are buying a puppy from a puppy mill.
Read the story of Ms. Wrinkles who was unknowingly purchased online from a puppy mill.
Speak out – The dogs need your voice
Write a letter or send an email to your local and state legislators. Encourage him or her to support laws that protect animals.
Include your mailing address so they know you are a constituent.
Be polite and keep it short.
Join The Puppy Mill Project and be a part of a peaceful protest, march on Puppy Mill Awareness, lend a hand at a local community event, donate your services or time to a particular campaign.
Tell your friends and family about The Puppy Mill Project. If your friend, or a member of your family is planning to buy a puppy, spread the word and inform them of the cruelty of puppy mills. Tell them about the wonderful dogs in animal shelters and rescue organizations.
Use the Internet (Facebook, Twitter, a blog, etc.) to speak out about puppy mills!