Take the Pledge to Stop Supporting Puppy Mills

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The ASPCA is employing a national fleet of puppy interrogators to help put an end to puppy mills.

In the video below, Brownie the Dog is interrogating his owner, Mike, for buying him treats that smell like a pet store that sells puppies. In the end, Mike learns the truth about pet store puppies and pledges to never shop at one of those stores again. Will you take the pledge, too?

About 99% of all puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. It’s not enough to just not buy puppies from these stores – we need to stop supporting these stores at all! If the owner of your local pet supply store really cares about dogs, they won’t buy and sell puppies, thereby directly contributing to the thriving puppy mill industry.

Next time you’re making a visit to your local pet store, if you see that they’re selling puppies, tell the owner that you’ll no longer support the people that support puppy mills, and don’t shop from the store again unless and until the stop supporting puppy mills!

Take the pledge at www.nopetstorepuppies.com!

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  1. No pet shop in the UK is allowed to sell cats or dogs, only small animals like rabbits, birds etc. personally I Would like the same implemented in the US. Breeder sell direct to the public only after very careful vetting. Of course you will get some unscrupulous breeders, but overall this is a far better system than selling dogs from a shop !

  2. never do business with a puppy mill . It is such a sad situation. Those people have no business with any dogs . Always adopt a rescue. They know you saved them and are very grateful

  3. I bought my little Maltese-Bichon mix puppy from a pet store for my mom, whose dog had recently passed away. My mom did not want the dog so I ended up keeping her but soon after I got her home I realized she had “kennel cough” and took her to a vet where she almost died from pneumonia as she was so small at the time. Cute as a button but at the time I was not educated about pet stores and puppy mills. My second dog (a German shepherd/collie mix) I adopted from the Humane Society and would encourage others to do this rather than “buy” a puppy or dog.

  4. I promise to be proactive and make every attempt not to encourage or support puppy mills or any other organization that encourages the neglect and/or abuse of animals. Though I have already made this vow I will recommit my efforts and find ways to make these efforts more meaningful. I will also help others to become aware so that they can also make a choice not to encourage these practices should they so choose (my hopes are that they will not support but I only have control over my own actions). My hope is that my small drop in the rather large pond will make a ripple and then a wave to help improve the lives of all animals.

    • Your small drop added with thousands of small drops will fill that pond. We must educated people on puppy mills, pet stores, etc.

  5. I have encountered several people who breed their dog(s) to “get their money back” from buying the original dog. Others think it is a profitable business. If you breed properly, with all the vet care, shots, birth prep, puppy check-ups, puppy shots, and increase in quality food, there is seldom a profit.
    If you want a purebred pup. go to an breed-specific rescue, (and be willing to wait if you want a puppy), or a breeder of SHOW quality dogs. (There will be minimal health and structural problems with breeders who produce quality dogs.) Plan to spay and neuter your dog, because “accidents” will happen. IF you are paying a high price for a puppy, it does not mean it is not a puppy mill pup.
    If the owner will not let you inspect the premises, wants to meet in a public place, or brings the pup to you they are usually hiding a puppy mill environment. While the AKC inspects those who breed several times, I have noticed these inspections are upon notification, and many mills hide dogs and “clean up” before they are planning to arrive. I know of no other breed associations that do inspections.
    Know where the puppies are born, what the conditions are, get health guarantees, do your homework, and definitely stay away from “pet store” puppies.

  6. I have never supported Puppy Mills and will NEVER buy a dog from a pet store and if I get a dog from a private person, I will have them checked out too. I will also spread the word of Puppy Mills, to spay and neuter ones pets.