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

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. Puppy mills commonly sell through internet sales, online classified ads, flea markets and pet stores. In fact, the majority of puppies sold in pet stores and online are from puppy mills. Responsible breeders will be happy to meet you in person and show you where the puppy was born and raised—and where their mom lives too.

.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 Animal Rescue 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. 

Jamie Linder / The HSUS
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, overbreeding 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.

Puppy mill facts
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 purposes in all puppy mills.

Puppies at temp shelter from puppy mill rescue in North Carolina

Are sold each year after originating from a puppy mill.

Dog in cage at a puppy mill before being rescued

There are an estimated 10,000 puppy mills across the country. By contributing a generous gift to our efforts to stop this industry and other abuses, you’ll help shut down the vicious cycle of puppy mills and continue our lifesaving work for all animals.

Meredith Lee / The HSUS