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What Breeders Can Do to Stop Puppy Mills

How dog breeders can help stop the cycle of cruelty

The Humane Society of the United States

Dog Puppy Mill Chihuahua TN

Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Are you a breeder who:


  • Believes that dogs who are used for breeding should be kept as part of the family?
  • Believes that housing dogs in cages 24 hours a day for years on end is an inhumane way to treat such an animal, one who thrives on companionship?
  • Supports excellence in care and attention for breeding dogs and their puppies?

If so, The HSUS needs your help to stop puppy mills.

Compassionate, responsible dog breeders can play a vital role in the effort to help make puppy mills history. You are in a unique position to offer perspective and guidance on the proper way to care for dogs used for breeding and their puppies. Your example can help set a standard for the industry and help prospective buyers understand how important humane care is for breeding dogs and puppies.

For too long, there has been a perceived rift between the responsible dog breeding community and the animal welfare community. This rift has been exploited by puppy mills and all those who profit from the commercial dog breeding community.

The commercial breeding industry, which sees dogs as "livestock" rather than companion animals, works hard to fight every modest improvement that is sought for the dogs who live their lives only to produce puppies. This industry makes a very clear effort to fool small hobby breeders into believing that animal welfare groups like The HSUS are working to end all breeding and ultimately ownership of pets when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

A core part of The HSUS mission is to celebrate the bonds people have with animals, particularly with pets. The second half of the mission is to confront cruelty where it appears and work to stop it. That is the very thing The HSUS is trying to do by educating people about the inherent cruelty in puppy mills.

Responsible, compassionate breeders abhor puppy mills just as much as The HSUS does. It only makes sense that The HSUS and breeders find ways to work together to stop this cruelty. If you are a breeder and interested in working together to end the cruelty in puppy mills, please contact The HSUS:

The Stop Puppy Mills Campaign
The Humane Society of the United States
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037


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