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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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Kathleen King

Thank you for bringing more light to this problem. I'd like to add that some stores, like Pets Mart have animals from shelters or humane societies for adoption. So lets not confuse them with the individual stores that DO buy from puppy mills. They are horrid!

happyface

i agree that with Kathleen that not all pet stores you should associate with puppy mills. You should be able to tell the difference between a healthy puppy and a sickly one. Use more of your "star" power to get your point across.

Cheyenne Sciacc...

Pauly, This is GREAT,That your speaking out against puppy mills. Good For You, Hun ,Keep doing what your doing ...

Obat Mencegah G...

Thank you for bringing more light to this problem. I'd like to add that some stores, like Pets Mart have animals from shelters or humane societies for adoption. So lets not confuse them with the individual stores that DO buy from puppy mills. They are horrid!

Lindsay Slota

I, from day one, have been an animal lover. And a committed viewer of Jersey Shore. So to see you, a person that has such an impact on youth today, do something and stand up, AMAZING. I've always been a supporter of the ASPCA, but I'm glad to see people of my age and heritage are taking a stand for these innocent animals that deserve the best life that god and us have in store for them. So let's keep this moving. I also feel like a hypocrite because all of my three dogs are from pet stores. They are older dogs now, but then, I saw the condition of the dogs and I felt sooo bad for them, I had to bring them home. I could not leave them behind to suffer. And yes, I've had MANY problems to say the least. Breathing problems, behavior problems, and thousands of dollars in surgeries for hip displacement. $12,000 to be exact......but we love our animals so much that the money had to be made. But NEVER will I EVER buy a dog from a pet store again. But they need to be saved and those stores and puppies mills need to be shut down for good. Instead of G.T.L. it's, S.D.P.M.....SHUT DOWN PUPPY MILLS!!!!!! God Bless!

Lisza

Paul D, I have always liked you and your cool attitude. Now you've given me just another reason to like you even more. Thanks for helping and doing your part in the fight against animal cruelty. Yeah, buddy!

Ashley

Thank you for fighting this fight!!!!! This is something that is dear to my heart and I love my dogs more than life itself!!! These photos brings tears to my eyes to see how people treat these poor babies!!! They do not deserve this kind of life! I applaud you for spending your time getting the word out! If I was a celebrity or I came into alot of money I would spend my life, my time, and my money helping these puppies!

Jess

Completely agree, but don't we want to save these puppies from puppy mills? We should buy from pet stores to give them a loving home! Puppy mills need to be shut down, but refusing to buy those pups won't stop them.

Hopeful

Jess, actually if we all stopped buying puppies from pet stores, these pet stores would go out of business. Then, puppy mill breeders would lose a huge client, and go out of business as well.

Hopeful

Jess, actually if we all stopped buying puppies from pet stores, these pet stores would go out of business. Then, puppy mill breeders would lose a huge client, and go out of business as well.

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