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Goal: 75,000 Progress: 54,008
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

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
Aug 27, 2014 Renate Gärtner
Aug 27, 2014 Anne Havard
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 27, 2014 Eric Horstman
Aug 27, 2014 Sharon Wardle
Aug 27, 2014 tamara quartin
Aug 27, 2014 Connie Kautzer
Aug 27, 2014 Donabel Dain
Aug 27, 2014 Shelby Lignor Must be stopped!
Aug 27, 2014 Marion Stibbe
Aug 26, 2014 Robin Nunez
Aug 26, 2014 bernadette steffens Puppy mills should be shut down. It's not fair to these poor animals to be subjected to harsh and inhumane conditions.
Aug 26, 2014 cristina soiza reilly
Aug 26, 2014 Robyn Camilleri
Aug 26, 2014 Raffaella Guzzetti
Aug 26, 2014 Joyce Parker
Aug 26, 2014 Duffy Owens
Aug 26, 2014 Meghan Warren
Aug 26, 2014 Nelda Brimer
Aug 26, 2014 ADI BEARD

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