20 Apr Put a stop to puppy mills: 7 things you can do
Puppy mills are horrible establishments that use cruel breeding practices to develop more ‘products’. Animals are kept in poor conditions – and often mistreated. Unfortunately, many pet owners still buy pets from these mills, because they want to get pure-bred animals or are unaware of what goes on behind the scenes. It’s possible to stop these establishments entirely and rescue the animals. Here’s a look at the best ways to put a stop to puppy mills and 7 things you can do to help:
1. It’s all about demand
Puppy mills will continue to function if there’s a demand for buying pets, which is why experts encourage adoption. There are many abandoned puppies desperate for a new home. A single visit to the local shelter will provide several options for different breeds and ages. You can easily find a friendly and eager pet who will love you forever because you rescued him from a caged life. There’s no need to buy pets when there are so many just waiting to be adopted.
2. Don’t buy online or through a pet store
If adoption isn’t an option, look for specialized breeders with licenses and certification. These breeders use humane practices and keep all animals in safe, healthy environments. While buying a pet from licensed breeders can be a little more expensive, it is better than supporting the puppy mill business. Most online stores and pet stores get their animals from puppy mills. They don’t check their suppliers and have little concern for the health of the animals kept in such conditions.
3. Work against stores that get pets from puppy mills
Most pet owners care about animals and are willing to take action against organizations that exploit them. Discuss humane practices with your local pet store owner and find ways to encourage adoption. If you know a store is sourcing puppies from mills, ask them to consider other alternatives and spread awareness. Discourage friends and relatives from buying animals from these stores by pointing them towards adoption shelters or non-profit organizations.
4. Don’t buy puppies on impulse
It is tempting to buy a pet on impulse, especially when you see a cute puppy in a cage at a store. Impulse buys are one of the biggest reasons behind the thriving puppy mill industry. Shoppers see cute animals at pet stores and immediately think of bringing them home. It is never a good idea to buy puppies on impulse because pets are a big responsibility. Make sure your home and family are ready for a new addition before adopting a pet.
5. Support laws that discourage puppy mills
Speak with your local representative and support laws that discourage rampant pet breeding or puppy mills. If you notice any animal abuse or an emerging puppy mill in your town, contact your representatives to make them aware. Politicians can take decisive action against these establishments and discourage mills through strict laws.
6. Be aware of existing laws
Most people hesitate to take action against puppy mills because they aren’t aware of local laws regarding them. Fortunately, finding information is easy these days, so you need to search online. If you don’t find any laws governing puppy mills or breeders, contact the local government immediately and make them aware. They will either public existing laws or place creating new regulations on their agenda.
7. Use social media
Social media is a powerful tool in your arsenal. Many activists use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to spread awareness about puppy mills and related abuse. Be active on these platforms and engage your community on the matter. Spreading awareness is the best way to stop puppy mills.
There are many things people can do to discourage puppy mills and encourage adoption. Reach out to local non-profit organizations that support this cause to know more.