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 ASPCA.org. Let them know that there are perfectly healthy dogs—of all breeds and sizes—waiting to be adopted.
ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team members are in the process of rescuing more than 100 dogs from an Arkansas puppy mill where a search warrant was executed earlier today. ASPCA response team members and veterinary staff are working to evaluate the pups and ready them for transport to a temporary shelter.
FIR Medical Director Dr. Rhonda Windham and her forensics team are also at the site, working to document the condition of the dogs to help law enforcement build a criminal case against the mill’s owner, Pam Thomas. Thomas has been arrested and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty.
During the raid earlier today, the team found more than 100 frightened and unhealthy dogs living in profoundly inhumane conditions at the mill, suffering from severe neglect and various diseases.
“Our goal is to help the local authorities by providing experts and resources to support the case, and see that these animals move on to a better place,” says ASPCA Director of Investigations Kathryn Destreza, who is leading the operation for the ASPCA.
We’ll have more on this developing story soon—stay tuned to the ASPCA blog.
ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team members are removing more than 100 dogs from the squalid Arkansas puppy mill they raided this morning. Using the ASPCA’s custom animal transport vehicles, the team is moving the canines to a temporary shelter, where they’ll receive badly needed veterinary attention and perhaps the first human kindness of their lives.
The terrified dogs endured profoundly inhumane conditions at the mill. ASPCA responders found them to be suffering from severe neglect, skin conditions and flea infestation.
“The ASPCA is pleased to be in a position to lend our assistance and help the Garland County Sheriff’s Office put an end to puppy mills in their community,” says Kathryn Destreza, Director of Investigations for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team. “Puppy mill dogs suffer from living in extremely unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization, and we appreciate the efforts of the local authorities in pursuing this investigation.”
At the shelter, a full team of veterinary professionals is prepared to triage the dogs, immediately tending to any urgent medical needs, then evaluating and providing a treatment plan for each canine. The dogs will then settle in to their new lodgings to begin recovering from the cruelty they have endured.
Because they are part of a criminal case, the dogs will not immediately be made available for adoption.
Watch ASPCA.org for more information about this case, or register to receive the latest news in your inbox. To find out how you can help save dogs from puppy mills, visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.
Puppy mill dogs, like this one in Holly Springs, MO, often suffer from skin diseases and other conditions caused by serious neglect.
The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team is in Hot Springs, Arkansas, today, rescuing more than 100 small dogs—including Dachshunds, West Highland white terriers, Boston terriers and Chihuahuas—from a puppy mill. Our responders, led by ASPCA Director of Investigations Kathryn Destreza, are acting at the behest of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department and are working with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, PetSmart Charities, Inc., and the Garland County Humane Society.
Watch the ASPCA blog for more information on this developing case.
In his song “Savin’ Up” Bruce Springsteen sings, “You better start savin’ up for the things that money can’t buy.” The Boss has a point.
I thought about Springsteen’s message last weekend when I was in Los Angeles attending the Rock ’N’ Roll Half-Marathon in Los Angeles benefitting the ASPCA. Approximately 8,000 runners participated, many of whom were there to support causes important to them. They did not just give up a Sunday to run. Instead, most of them had trained for months or longer in order to promote their causes, improve their health, lose weight or simply to prove that they could do it. None of these outcomes could have been bought, which made them more special.
I was there to cheer the hundreds of people who comprised Team ASPCA, a group running to benefit animals. Going into the race, some of our runners were nervous because they had never run such a long distance. In fact, some members of Team ASPCA had never been runners at all before they committed themselves to training for this race. But these same people who had shared their concerns with me before the race crossed the finish line with huge smiles because they had not only achieved a tremendous personal accomplishment, they had also promoted a cause in which they believe.
As part of the ASPCA’s involvement in the half-marathon, we distributed $280,000 in grants to Los Angeles-area animal shelters and rescue groups. Some of the fans who cheered on Team ASPCA from the sidelines (or the nearby Bark Park) were homeless dogs from Bark Avenue Foundation. Rock star Bret Michaels, an animal lover who was performing at the event, met some of the dogs up for adoption and even named one “Little Bret”.
I’ve never run a marathon, so I didn’t know what to expect at the event. I came away inspired by the participants. If you think that you might like to participate in a Team ASPCA event, please go to www.jointeamaspca.org for more information.