You can make a difference for the dogs suffering in puppy mills. Here are seven ways you can take action.

1. Help make your local pet store puppy-friendly

The Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores initiative asks dog lovers everywhere to help their local pet stores implement puppy-friendly policies by refusing to sell puppies in their store and supporting homeless pet adoptions instead. Stores that already do not sell puppies can sign up to show that they are taking a stand against puppy mills and to make official their policy of not selling puppies.

2. Be an advocate

Watch our free webinar: "Banning the Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs at Local Pet Stores"

Our downloadable advocacy guide is a great resource with ideas that can help propel you into action. It also offers a detailed guide on working for passage of laws in your own community that will improve the lives of dogs in puppy mills.

The HSUS Puppy Mill Task Force tip line is available to anyone with information on a possible crime involving puppy mills. If you witnessed deplorable conditions in person and wish to file a complaint with the HSUS, please call 1-877-MILL-TIP.

View our list of localities that have passed ordinances banning the sale cats and dogs in pet stores not obtained from shelters or rescues.

3. Contact your legislators

Contact your federal legislators and let them know that you're concerned about the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills and want the puppy mill issue to be a priority for Congress. Ask them to expand the reach of the Animal Welfare Act to include kennels that sell large numbers of puppies directly to the public.

4. Write letters to the editor

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to get the word out about puppy mills. Write your own version—a short, polite letter is most effective.

5. Furnish your vet with flyers

Download and print these flyers and bring them to your veterinarian or groomer's office, to help potential new pet owners avoid puppy mills:

Download "Getting a Puppy?" (PDF)
Download "How to Find a Responsible Dog Breeder" (PDF)
Download "The Cruelty Behind the Cuteness" (PDF)

6. Set up a library display

Ask your local library to put up an educational display about puppy mills, a subject relevant year-round. 

Email us for materials

7. Shop our online store

Speak up for puppy mill dogs by wearing our Stop Puppy Mills cause gear, found at our online store at the Animal Rescue Site.

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