Today, March 21, is National Puppy Day! This adorable holiday was created to celebrate the unconditional love of puppies, as well as to educate the public about the cruel puppy mill industry. Here are our top tips for celebrating National Puppy Day, whether you’re looking to add a new furry family member or not!
1. Figure out if you’re ready to become a puppy parent
Puppies need a lot of attention to ensure they grow up to be happy, confident dogs. If you’re able to take on this responsibility, you’ll be rewarded with a loyal canine companion for life. Learn more about preparing for a puppy here—and considering giving an adult dog a second chance through adoption, too.
2. Learn the truth about pet store puppies
While that puppy in the store window may be hard to resist, purchasing a puppy from a pet shop supports the cruel puppy mill industry. These large-scale dog breeding facilities prioritize profit over the well-being of the dogs, cramming them into overcrowded, stacked cages where they may never know the feeling of grass beneath their feet or a loving touch from a human. Even though the puppies may get to leave the mill, their parents are stuck there for years breeding more puppies in these terrible conditions. Want to take action against puppy mills? Take our pledge to never buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies.
3. Adopt, don’t shop
Turn to your local shelter first when looking for a pet. Many shelters have young dogs in need of homes. If you’re looking for a specific breed, there are dedicated rescues for every different breed across the country, and websites like Petfinder allow you to search specifically for your breed of choice. Consider opening your home to a mixed-breed pup as well—they have just as much love to give!
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