Internet sales, flea markets, face-to-face sales and the majority of pet stores that sell puppies are getting those dogs from puppy mills. A puppy mill is an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility that churns out puppies for profit, ignoring the needs of the pups and their mothers. Dogs from puppy mills are often sick and unsocialized.
B.B. had never seen sunlight. Living in a North Carolina puppy mill, in a tiny, rusty cage in the basement, she was forced to have litter after litter. When our team found her, her eyes were practically crusted shut; her paws were matted with filth. Thanks to supporters like you, she was rescued (along with nearly 150 other dogs) and placed in a loving home.
Mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages with little to no personal attention. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are abandoned or killed. Due to poor sanitation and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills frequently suffer from a variety of health issues, creating heartbreaking challenges for families who should be enjoying the delights of adopting a new family member.
Are estimated to be currently active in the United States.
Are kept solely for breeding in USDA-licensed facilities. Sadly, a license is not a guarantee of a breeder’s quality.
Are sold each year after originating from a puppy mill.
Adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue, or only buy from a responsible breeder who can show you where the puppy was born and where the mom lives. And you can do even more by only purchasing pet supplies from stores that don't sell puppies.