Thousands of dogs spend their entire lives in puppy mills—where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. They live in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions for years on end, and may suffer from behavioral, congenital and hereditary problems as a result of irresponsible breeding practices. Their puppies are sometimes sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age.
The ASPCA estimates that there are between 6,000 and 10,000 commercial breeding facilities in the U.S. That means that as many as tens of thousands of dogs are enduring lives of abuse and neglect—all in the name of profit—and we refuse to rest until every single mill dog is safe.
If you are ready to stand with us against puppy mills, join us this Monday, July 21, as we celebrate No Pet Store Puppies Day. We believe that no dog should suffer for profit, and we are making progress toward ending this abuse. But we can’t do it alone. Here are five ways you can help puppy mill dogs on No Pet Store Puppies Day.
1. Watch and share our latest video about why puppy mills are no laughing matter to spread awareness about pet store puppies.
2. Enter our No Pet Store Puppies Day sweepstakes for a chance to win a one-year subscription to BarkBox.
3. Join our Twitter chat on July 21 at 3:00 P.M. ET. to talk to our experts about puppy mills. Just follow the hashtag #NPSPday to join the chat.
4. Send an email to the Secretary of Agriculture and urge him to stop the cruel import of puppies from overseas puppy mills.
5. Help the ASPCA continue our fight against puppy mills, and all animal suffering, by making a donation today.
Puppy mill dogs are counting on us. Thank you for your support on Monday and every day!