To end the cruel treatment of dogs in mass breeding operations.

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., a dog rescued from a Cabarrus County, North Carolina, puppy mill
Because of you

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. 

Life in a puppy mill

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.

The truth about puppy mills
Dogs in cages during a rescue from a North Carolina puppy mill

Are estimated to be currently active in the United States.

Breeder mom with puppies at temp shelter from puppy mill rescue in North Carolina

Are kept solely for breeding in USDA-licensed facilities. Sadly, a license is not a guarantee of a breeder’s quality.

Puppies at temp shelter from puppy mill rescue in North Carolina

Are sold each year after originating from a puppy mill.

Mikhail, a dog rescued from a Jefferson County, Arkansas, puppy mill on 2/27/14
Chuck Cook
Chuck Cook

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.