A puppy mill is an inhumane commercial dog breeding facility characterized by quick breeding and poor conditions. Dogs from puppy mills endure deplorable conditions—often in cramped, filthy cages with little or no water. Mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages and produce litter after litter until their bodies can no longer produce. The owners often kill and discard them when they can no longer breed.
There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. This includes both licensed and unlicensed facilities. Over two million puppies are bred in puppy mills each year and are primarily sold in pet stores and online. Nearly all puppies sold at pet stores come from puppy mills. Pet stores are the primary sales outlet for puppy mills and are essential for keeping them in business.
What can you do to help? Stop buying dogs from puppy mills and adopt one instead. Be an advocate and a voice for the voiceless. Become active on social media, and use your knowledge to help educate others who are considering buying a dog. Support and recommend legislation that regulates the breeding and selling of animals. Support organizations that act as watchdogs over puppy mills.
Here are some of those organizations: Please help by donating your time or your money or even both!
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) - http://www.aspca.org/
Animal Welfare Institute - http://www.awionline.org/
Animal Defense Fund – http://www.aldf.org/
Companion Animal Protection Society - https://www.caps-web.org/