The Best Friends Animal Society certainly has something to celebrate - the organization just saw the 1000th animal to come through their doors find a loving home, according to NY1 News
. The lucky canine was Miley, a 7-year-old schnauzer.
The country's largest animal rescue
sanctuary has been working to save dogs from being brought up in puppy mills, and to prevent former breeders from selling dogs online.
"Some of the worst breeders, who maybe lost their license or maybe have a lot of violations, they just say, 'Oh I don't need my USDA license anyway' and they'll just sell puppies on the internet," Kelli Ohrtman of the Puppies Are Not Products Campaign told the news outlet.
The group is also working to pass the Pups Bill, which would amend the current Animal Welfare Act. The move would prevent unlicensed breeders from hawking innocent dogs on the web to unsuspecting, hopeful pet owners.
The Best Friends Animal Society began in 1970 with a group of friends who were also animal lovers. It officially became a non-profit charity in 1991.