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Goal: 75,000 Progress: 54,030
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

We've all heard of puppy mills—those large-scale, commercial operations that breed puppies for profit. The promise of high returns provides incentive to minimize overhead costs and maximize profit, and the dogs pay the price. Millions of cats and dogs, meanwhile, inhabit shelters where volunteers and charities struggle to provide even basic needs.

Despite the limited protection provided by state and federal regulations, such as the Animal Welfare Act, less-than-ethical entrepreneurs exploit loopholes to sell directly to consumers, often using the internet as a conduit.

While advocates continue to push for tougher legislation, consumers continue to unknowingly purchase puppies and the cycle continues. Rather than relying on a lethargic legislative process, consumers can intervene directly by making responsible and informed decisions when searching for that new family member.

Sign the pledge and put puppy mills out of business.

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By signing this pledge and following the principles listed here, I am committed to the cessation of puppy mills and the unethical exploitation of puppies for profit. I promise to:

  • Always consider adoption first. With an estimated 6-8 million potential pets inhabiting shelters in the U.S., your next pet could be waiting at a local shelter. You don't just gain a family member, you're saving a life.
  • Boycott the middle man. Stay away from faceless pet stores and anonymous internet retailers as they are the most likely to sell puppies born in mills. Buy supplies from shops that support adoptions and refuse to sell dogs. Always inspect the facilities and ensure the puppy comes from a humane and respectable environment.
  • Spread the word. Already have a full pack? You can still help by sharing your knowledge with friends and family who might be looking to add one more. Puppy mills rely on consumer ignorance to peddle their product, using deceptive marketing to obscure the deplorable conditions. If more people were aware of the true nature of puppy mills, they could make an informed choice about where their puppy comes from.

For a healthier and happier puppy.

Petition Signatures

Sep 2, 2014 Beverly Terhune Puppy mills are just a nicer way to say abuse!
Sep 2, 2014 Briggitte Arnold
Sep 2, 2014 Rose Finnegan
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Michele Tarnow
Sep 2, 2014 cindra broenner
Sep 2, 2014 Denise Moore
Sep 1, 2014 Sarah Krause
Sep 1, 2014 Kara Buholtz
Sep 1, 2014 Rhonda Dale
Sep 1, 2014 Brittany Paral
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 shari ahlers
Sep 1, 2014 Debbe Laszlo
Sep 1, 2014 Serena Martin
Sep 1, 2014 Rebecca White I can't believe they still exist, it's so disgusting. Please help these poor helpless animals, they don't deserve this :-(
Aug 31, 2014 Tara Burnette
Aug 31, 2014 Nancy D Kabalka Let us stop today stop buying from pet store they are all puppy mill dogs and cats.
Aug 31, 2014 Suzanne m
Aug 31, 2014 Liz Rorke
Aug 31, 2014 April Angel
Aug 31, 2014 Hilary danch This is a subject that makes me angry! These people should be castrated or worse! Please help these poor defenseless babies! No dogs should be breed until they can't breed anymore just for someone to make money! Just pathetic!
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 fanny mabon
Aug 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2014 Teresa Julian
Aug 29, 2014 luigi casati
Aug 29, 2014 Nicola Holzwarth
Aug 29, 2014 Cindy Smith
Aug 29, 2014 barbara franchs
Aug 29, 2014 Dimitra Arneson
Aug 29, 2014 Laurel Burns
Aug 29, 2014 Monika Cuno
Aug 29, 2014 Victoria Salter
Aug 29, 2014 Brian Griffith
Aug 29, 2014 Hannah Kirchmeier
Aug 29, 2014 Jackie Ludwig
Aug 29, 2014 Tina Arnold We must put all puppy mills out of business. What a despicable industry.
Aug 29, 2014 Janie Duncan
Aug 28, 2014 Katie Simpson
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 Brandy Green
Aug 28, 2014 Tami Green
Aug 28, 2014 Cheryl Welch
Aug 28, 2014 Karen Hughes
Aug 27, 2014 Lynn Gomez Only select people should be able to breed animals. Any person can get a AKC Register pet. It does not mean the pet is healthy or they are a good breeder.
Aug 27, 2014 Lauren Kruse
Aug 27, 2014 Kenzie Wolff
Aug 27, 2014 susan saari

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