How Can I Help Fight Puppy Mills?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 3:00pm

Want to fight puppy mills? There are many ways you can help end this brutal industry. Here are top five actions you can take to make a difference:

Don’t Buy Puppies from Pet Stores
That puppy who charmed you through the pet shop window has most likely come from a puppy mill. In these facilities, dogs are caged in unsanitary conditions and bred as often as possible. They give birth to puppies who may present medical problems later in life. Instead, make pet adoption your first option.

Take the Puppy Mill Pledge!
Please sign our pledge against puppy mills and promise not to buy your next pet or any pet supplies from retail stores that sell puppies. With your help, we can put an end to this vicious cycle of cruelty.

Speak Out!
If passed, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act will require any breeder that sells or offers to sell more than 50 dogs a year directly to the public to be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It needs your support!

Share Your Story with the ASPCA
If you suspect your dog is from a puppy mill, please tell us your story. The more we spread the word, the more we can build support to help ban puppy mills.

Tell Your Friends
If someone you know is planning to buy a puppy, please direct them to our puppy mill information page at Let them know that there are perfectly healthy dogs—of all breeds and sizes—waiting to be adopted.