By Cari Meyers
The Puppy Mill Project
The Puppy Mill Project (TPMP) is my dream, my passion, and my life’s work. Since 2009, my team of volunteers have been working tirelessly to educate the public about the atrocity of puppy mills. Our goal is simple: put an end to puppy mill cruelty.
While I’ve always been involved in animal welfare and rescue, I started TPMP when I realized that no one was talking about puppy mills – one of the largest and most systemic forms of animal cruelty and a huge source of our pet overpopulation problem.
Our mission is to educate the public and raise awareness about the cruelty of puppy mills and their direct connection to pet stores, internet sites, and newspaper ads that sell dogs. We want pet owners and consumers to know the difference between responsible and irresponsible breeding and have the information to make the best possible choice for their families.
We are active throughout the city of Chicago and the suburbs. I’m very proud of our Education Program, where we visit schools and youth camps to educate children and adults about the puppy mill industry and responsible pet ownership. TPMP also leads and attends peaceful protests, walks, and demonstrations to raise awareness that the puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. We also educate the public by large-scale advertisements on billboards, CTA buses, movie theaters, and in newspapers. We attend pet expos, community events, and fairs. We work closely with local and state government officials on legislation to reduce the demand for puppy mill puppies and improve the conditions for dogs living in puppy mills. Finally, we work with other rescue organizations to facilitate the rescue of puppy mill dogs.
In 2010, we were thrilled to witness Governor Pat Quinn sign the pet store disclosure law requires Illinois pet stores to post breeder information on or near the cage of each puppy sold in that store. This disclosure is a very important step in assisting the consumer with conducting the necessary research before purchasing a pet.
With your support and your voice, we can truly make a difference for the mill dogs. Please join our efforts. Become active in your own community and help us with our mission. We really are changing the world for mill dogs.
“I dream big and will never stop fighting for the freedom of the mill dogs.”