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Goal: 75,000 Progress: 53,370
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

Jul 11, 2014 Suzanne Flanegan
Jul 11, 2014 Michelle Fortener
Jul 11, 2014 kim vermillion
Jul 11, 2014 Helen Tanguis
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Jürgen Lorenczat
Jul 11, 2014 Mary Shepherd
Jul 11, 2014 Tanya Salof
Jul 11, 2014 Shirley Cotrotsos Would not buy any animal bred for sale.
Jul 11, 2014 Deb McKinney
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Frances Moran Let's end this cruel and unnecessary practice!
Jul 11, 2014 Gail Serra
Jul 11, 2014 Melissa Yang
Jul 11, 2014 Crystal Burrow
Jul 11, 2014 gilda harzi
Jul 10, 2014 Citlali Real
Jul 10, 2014 Jessica Doherty
Jul 10, 2014 Nathalie Perry
Jul 10, 2014 Antonio Elias Firmino Ferreira
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2014 Courtney Mosher
Jul 9, 2014 Cristy Nolasco
Jul 9, 2014 Wendy Wilkinson
Jul 8, 2014 Celeste Stevens
Jul 8, 2014 Carole Menninger It is way beyond time to close down All of these HORRIBLE places
Jul 8, 2014 Beki white
Jul 8, 2014 cynthia ratliff
Jul 8, 2014 blandine bonnaud
Jul 8, 2014 Gloria Wetzel
Jul 8, 2014 Jeannette Ernst
Jul 7, 2014 Maria George
Jul 7, 2014 gerlinde hockaday
Jul 7, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 7, 2014 Liza Z
Jul 7, 2014 Susette Stough
Jul 7, 2014 Gisele Dorman
Jul 7, 2014 Jamie O'Reilly - Vasquez
Jul 7, 2014 Vitina Muirhead
Jul 7, 2014 Renate Weinhappl
Jul 7, 2014 Cate Ahlgrim
Jul 7, 2014 Fawn Caldwell
Jul 7, 2014 Laurie Coury Let's do this...once and for all.
Jul 7, 2014 Francine Lipka
Jul 7, 2014 Dianne Kurtz
Jul 7, 2014 Melissa McGuire
Jul 7, 2014 Kelli Lysz
Jul 7, 2014 Priscilla Anderson
Jul 7, 2014 Mari Niemeläinen

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