DJ Pauly D vs. Puppy Mills: "Adopt, Don't Shop!"

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 1:00pm
DJ Pauly D holding a small dog

Guest blog by DJ Pauly D

Listen up! I bet you didn't know that most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, which are large-scale breeding facilities where people value money more than they do the welfare of the dogs. The dogs in puppy mills don't get to play, don't get daily walks and don't get the love that animals deserve. Imagine man's best friend living in a cage only six inches longer than its body in each direction—for their entire lives! And that's completely legal. It's messed up.

If a pet store tells you they don’t get their puppies from puppy mills, don't believe them. It would be like me telling you I don't use hair gel. The ASPCA launched a new tool on its "No Pet Store Puppies" website showing that "USDA licensed" doesn't mean much. The current USDA standards are so weak that dogs in these breeding facilities are often mistreated and suffer from lack of vet care.

Check out the photos of breeders taken by the USDA to see where pet store puppies really come from (warning: some of the pics are graphic!). The online database has more than 10,000 photos of breeding facilities and link some of them to pet stores throughout the country that have sold puppies within the last year.

As an ASPCA ambassador, I encourage animal lovers, like myself, across the country to put an end to this cruel industry. Here's what you can do to help:

  • Take the pledge not to buy any items from stores or websites that sell puppies. That includes pet food, supplies, treats or toys.
  • If you're looking for a new puppy, don't buy a puppy from a pet store and instead make adoption your first option, or seek a responsible breeder if you choose not to adopt.
  • Sunday, July 21, is “No Pet Store Puppies” Day. Help us spread the word and share the news with your friends and family via Facebook and Twitter.
  • Join an ASPCA Twitter chat on July 23 at 2:00 P.M. (ET), where you’ll have a chance to ask their puppy mill expert everything you wanted to learn about puppy mills. Follow #ASPCAchat.

Help us put an end to puppy mills and protect man's best friend. Say no to pet store puppies—and adopt, don't shop! Yeah, Buddy!!!!

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It's kinda a catch-22 because you do want to give a puppy a good home no matter where it came from, they all need love and care. On the other hand you don't want to buy from a pet store that cold possibly have gotten it from a puppy mill because you'll be helpin' them stay in business and it could end up costin' you a fortune due to their neglect


I can not stand this guy! Somehow I just found a little respect for him though.

Stephanie G.

That is exactly how I feel. Some celebrities can definitely surprise us!

patty marden

I called puppys4less in temecula,ca The lady lied and said they get all their puppies from local breeders. People are so stupid. Stop buying these animals and they'll go out of business!!!!!!!!!!

Jan White Gray

You're right, the majority of puppies in shops do come from mills but there are some upscale shops that are more selective. The one I got my last puppy from was connected with an animal hospital and the puppies were very well taken care of and let out in this gated area to run around. But: the best thing to do is to adopt. I looked into that first and because I didn't have a fenced yard they wouldn't let me adopt. I understand the concern but I could have given a dog a good home and rescued 1 that might not find a home. I think the shelters need to look at this and maybe reconsider their stand. If you have a regular vet that you have used for a considerable length of time, they should be able to vouch for you as a pet owner.

Kathy Weilhamme...

I got my beautiful Julia from Abby's Little Friends she came from a puppy mill and she is the sweetest dog I have every raised

Jan White Gray

Good for you. They are all so adorable and lovable.


Thank you so much for lending your celebrity to the most important cause in my heart!

Stephanie G.

I have a new found respect for Pauly D. I never would have guessed his compassion and care for animals since I have never heard about it. I'm taking the pledge and hopefully able to help spread the word!


Great Blog, Pauly, I totally AGREE with you,Hun <3