Puppy Mills Puppy Mills are overcrowded places where puppies are overbred. They do this just for $$$$$. Click here! How Do Puppy Mills Work? They over-breed dogs. The puppies are in tiny, cramped cages and are neglected. The cages are also very unclean. The puppies live in very poor conditions. Click here! Behavior Because of the poor conditions, lack of human contact, and being taken from their mothers too early, dogs have many behavior problems. • • • • • • • • • • • • • shyness aggression levels of fear anxiety phobias compulsive behavior repetitive behavior act up around any humans abnormal behaviors can show difficulty in everyday life psychological/emotional harm don’t like to be touched uncontrollable behavior Click here! Health Issues •Body Issues •Infections •Diseases •Viruses •Parasites Click here! History of Puppy Mills •Started around the 1940’s •Cash crop for struggling Midwest farmers •Puppies were sold even in stores like Sears Roebuck •Puppies were kept in chicken coops and rabbit cages •Today there are close to ten-thousand puppy mills Click here! Laws Click here! • pet stores don’t always know where their dogs come • when you buy a dog from the pet store, it could be from a puppy mill • you could be taking a sick dog home So, governments and organizations are trying to pass laws to protect puppies. Laws New Connecticut Law - strict rules for in state dog and cat breeders - breeders can’t sell animals if they don’t follow the USDA rules - pet stores must post signs to tell people if they broke any rules - if people buy a sick pet they can get money from the pet store to pay for the veterinarian Federal Law - the Animal Welfare Act means there needs to be a standard of care for animals (basic needs to be met: food, water, health) - breeders must be licensed and regulated - ASPCA (animal protection agency) is trying to get more laws passed Click here! Boycott Don’t buy dogs from local pet stores. The ASPCA is asking people to take a pledge to not shop from a store that sells puppies from puppy mills even if you’re just buying food or toys. Click here! Get educated Know what questions to ask when you buy a dog that’s not from a pet store. For example, you can ask to see the mother and father of the dog to see if they're healthy or ask to see where the dogs live. Click here! Support You could: • Put ads in newspapers to support stopping puppy mills • Report any signs of puppy mills in your neighborhood • Support organizations that watch over breeders • Put flyers around your area • And the most important thing: adopt a dog. Click here! Fundraisers/Events Organizations like the Puppy Mill Project and the ASPCA are helping to raise awareness of the issue through fundraisers and events. The ASPCA is giving $25 million to help Los Angeles animals. The Puppy Mill Project is educating children and adults in Chicago. You can help by donating money or supplies to dog shelters or organizations like this. Click here! Please remember never to buy a puppy from a pet store. Click here!