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Goal: 75,000 Progress: 53,394
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 13, 2014 Jayme Smith
Jul 12, 2014 Lourdes Martinez
Jul 12, 2014 Michele Balestri
Jul 12, 2014 kim haling
Jul 12, 2014 Louise Abbott
Jul 12, 2014 Marcia Rand I've loved a Puppy Mill dog. She didn't have long to live after her rescue as she was very I'll, but I think she finally knew love before she died. I sure did as I fell in love with her tiny heart & soul. RIP Chica, honey.
Jul 12, 2014 Laura Torli
Jul 12, 2014 Laura Guay
Jul 12, 2014 Janny Vogel
Jul 12, 2014 Eva Andersson
Jul 12, 2014 K Ulrich
Jul 12, 2014 monique evans
Jul 12, 2014 andrea henry
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Nicole Dyck
Jul 12, 2014 Rosie Smith
Jul 12, 2014 Iwona Mas
Jul 11, 2014 Yolanda Mendoza
Jul 11, 2014 Glynn Fletcher
Jul 11, 2014 Leilani Chua
Jul 11, 2014 Christina Michael
Jul 11, 2014 rena reidt
Jul 11, 2014 Maria R Furbelli
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

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