Tell all your friends: Today, July 21, is No Pet Store Puppies Day!
We need your help raising awareness about the tens of thousands of dogs who live their entire lives in puppy mills—large-scale, commercial breeding facilities where profit is placed above their wellbeing—where they are often kept in tiny, overcrowded cages in dreadful conditions and without access to proper veterinary care, exercise, food, water or human interaction. You already know that puppy mills are a national animal welfare problem, but today is a great opportunity to inform your friends, family and community about what really happens at puppy mills and remind them that most pet stores puppies come from puppy mills.
Here are a few easy ways you can help puppy mill dogs right now and encourage others to take a stand against puppy mill cruelty, too. First, visit our revamped No Pet Store Puppies website and be sure to sign the pledge that you won’t buy anything from pet stores that sell puppies—and ask your friends and family to do the same!
Then, watch the video below featuring Molly and her adorable pup, Joey, to learn why you shouldn’t shop at pet stores that sell puppies. To make sure this message about puppy mill cruelty reaches as many people as possible, please share it with your networks on Facebook and Twitter.
With your help, we can reach millions with this important message!
We refuse to rest until every single mill dog is safe, but we can’t do it without your support. Help the ASPCA continue our fight against puppy mills, and all animal suffering, by making a donation today.
On Tuesday, July 21, the ASPCA will be celebrating national No Pet Store Puppies Day, and we're asking for your help! This is a great chance to educate your friends and family about what happens in puppy mills and remind them not to buy puppies, or any pet supplies, from pet stores that sell puppies—and adopt from a shelter or rescue group instead!
Puppy mill cruelty is a national problem. Tens of thousands of breeding dogs spend their lives in puppy mills, large-scale commercial breeding operations where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Dogs in these facilities are typically housed in tiny, overcrowded cages in unsanitary conditions, without proper veterinary care of adequate access to food and water—and many live out their entire lives without ever experiencing human affection. Female breeding dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no time between litters for their bodies to recover, in order to produce as many puppies as possible and generate more profit for the mills.
What’s more, their offspring may suffer from behavior, congenital and hereditary problems as a result of irresponsible breeding practices. Puppies are typically sold to pet shops as young as eight weeks of age. Since most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, this cruelty is perpetuated every time a puppy is purchased from a pet store.
The ASPCA estimates that there are between 6,000 and 10,000 commercial breeding facilities in the United States—and we refuse to rest until every single mill dog is safe.
If you’re ready to stand with us against puppy mills, here are a few ways you can raise awareness and help puppy mill dogs right now.
Check out our revamped No Pet Store Puppies website. Visit NoPetStorePuppies.com to find out if your state regulates commercial breeders and how you can help end the cruelty. Sign the pledge that you won’t buy anything from pet stores that sell puppies—and tell everyone you know not to shop at those stores, either!
Spread the word. Watch the video below to meet Molly and her faithful pup, Joey, and learn why you shouldn’t shop at pet stores that sell puppies. Then share it with your friends and family on all your social media channels.
Make a donation today. We believe that no dog should suffer for profit, and we are making progress toward ending the abuse, but we can’t do it alone. You can help the ASPCA continue our fight against puppy mills, and all animal suffering, bymaking a donation today.
Puppy mill dogs are counting on us. Thank you for your support on Tuesday and every day!
UPDATE (7/8): While we initially reported more than 250 lives saved in this rescue operation, in the days following the raid that number has climbed to 300 victims. The animals are now receiving medical and emotional care in an off-site ASPCA facility. Your support is still urgently needed.
Update (7/1): View photos from our rescue efforts in Alabama on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1.
This post was originally published on June 30, 2015.
The ASPCA is on the ground assisting the Moulton Police Department in the removal of more than 250 animals from Lawrence County Animal Shelter in Alabama. At the scene, our responders discovered the animals—including dogs and cats of all breeds and ages—living in filthy, deplorable conditions.
Many of the animals were emaciated and appeared to be suffering from medical issues such as parvo, distemper and untreated wounds. Some of the animals were being housed in small wire crates and others in crowded enclosures where animals fought for resources and space.
The ASPCA’s Medical Animal Surgical Hospital—a custom-built, mobile animal hospital—will allow veterinarians to provide critical care to animals on-site. From there, we will transport the animals to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location to provide them with additional medical treatment and behavior enrichment.
The Lawrence County Commission has terminated its contract with Lawrence County Animal Shelter following a complaint from a shelter volunteer citing animal abuse and mistreatment at the facility. ASPCA experts are collecting and analyzing forensic evidence and providing legal support to help strengthen the criminal case and ensure the best outcomes for the animals.
“This is a truly tragic situation,” says Tim Rickey, vice president for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It was immediately clear upon entering the facility that these animals have been severely neglected. Our goal is to provide them with much-needed medical attention and socialization. Eventually, we hope to place them with responsible shelters that have the means to care for them and find them adoptive families.”
We’re grateful that these 250 animals will no longer suffer in secrecy. Unfortunately, our work is far from finished—we need your support so we can continue to provide care for these animals, and for countless others who are waiting to be rescued. Please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today.
The summer forecast at the ASPCA is cats, cats and more cats! Monday, June 1, not only kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Month—it also marks the height of kitten season, which is the time of year when felines breed. The ASPCA Animal Hospital and kitten nursery are are preparing for a massive influx of homeless and newborn cats, while the ASPCA Adoption Center is hoping to find more forever homes for felines than ever before. If you’re looking to make a difference for cats during this critical time of year, here are some ways you can get involved:
Adopt. Kitten season creates a tremendous population explosion, and animal shelters around the country will soon be flooded with cats in need of a home. You can make a major difference this season by adopting a new feline friend. At our Adoption Center in New York City, we are waiving adoption fees for cats over three years old, and we will waive one adoption fee for adopters who bring home two kittens. If you’re not in New York, you can use our handy database to find adoptable cats in your area.
Take our Pledge. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, we also teamed up with Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell and creator of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, to promote the awesomeness of rescued kitties. You can help show the world how great rescued cats are by signing our pledge to make adoption your only option and sharing your cat’s most adorable or wacky photo on social media using the hashtag #MyRescueCat.
Make a Gift. Kitten season is one of the most dangerous times of year for homeless cats and kittens. During this season, resources like food, money and space are stretched to the brink and virtually overnight, the number of cats begins to outweigh the number of available homes. The ASPCA is determined to make a difference, but your most generous donation today can support our efforts to curb kitten season and find a home for every animal. To help us save lives during kitten season and all year long, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today.
We need to reach this goal because there is still so much work to be done. In the first half of 2015, we launched major campaigns against dog fighting and farm animal cruelty, rescued more than 230 dogs in back-to-back raids of a puppy mill and an overrun shelter, facilitated over 1,100 animal adoptions—and that’s just scratching the surface.
But 500 is more than just a number. It represents a network of friends, supporters and animal-lovers who can come together and make a profound difference in the world. So please become a Guardian today. We—and the countless animals whose lives you will touch—will be forever grateful.