"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
Puppy mills are commercial mass dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs.
Some Facts about Puppy MillsMost puppy mill dogs are housed in shockingly poor conditions, especially the ones kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. After they're no longer profitable, these dogs are simply discarded.
Puppy mills contribute to millions of unwanted dogs who are euthanized each year in the United States alone.
Mill puppies are more likely to have severe health problems, genetic defects and behavioral issues.
Dogs kept for breeding in puppy mills suffer for years and are bred as often as possible before they are killed, sold through auction like used cars or abandoned.
Unscrupulous breeders use attractive websites to hide the truth and to dupe the public into thinking that they are dealing with a reputable breeder. Reputable breeders never sell puppies over the Internet or through a pet store. They will insist on meeting the family who wants to buy the dog.
Fact sheets: http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/companion-animals-factsheets/
Most Noteworthy Organization
National Mill Dog Rescue rehabilitates and rehomes discarded breeding dogs and educates the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding.
industry. Since 2007, NMDR has been supported by hundreds of volunteers and rescued more than 9,800 dogs. Donate to National Mill Dog Rescue.
What you can do
Puppy Mills page on the Peta website.
5 Things YOU Can Do to Help Stop Puppy Mills.
Report a Puppy Mill to the Humane Society of the United States.
Don't Buy the Doggy in the Window: Ending the Cycle That Perpetuates Commercial Breeding With Regulation Of The Retail Pet Industry.
The 100 worst Puppy Mills exposed by the Humane Society of the United States.
Companion Animal Factsheets (PETA).
United Against Puppy Mills promotes awareness and provides training and support for people interested in affecting elimination of puppy mills.