Ever wonder why so many pet store puppies are sick or become sick
within weeks of bringing them home?
The truth about pet store puppies is disturbing. If you're an animal
lover, the following paragraphs will be difficult to read, but simply
doing just that could potentially spare a life.
It's hard to imagine that in this country where dogs are considered
valuable members of the family, have their very own telelvision and radio
shows and people dress them in designer clothes and treat them like
children, that a grave place called a puppy mill could still exist.
A puppy mill or puppy farm is a breeding operation with the sole purpose
of making money. The animals are not screened for potential genetic health
defects or even given basic medical care. There is definitely no attention
paid to producing dogs that comform to breed standard for size or
A puppy mill can be a sign along the road advertising puppies, an ad in
your local newspaper or they can even have a nice website, but they are
almost always behind those cute puppies you've seen in pet shop windows.
You'd never know by looking at those puppies the deplorable conditions
from which they came. You'll see how excited they get when you approach
their cage. You might even slip your hand through the bars despite the
posted warning not to and entertain the thought of bringing home the one
who seemed most eager, but it's what you won't see that would leave you
For that puppy's mother, life (if you can call it that) is a desperate
struggle. Her body is used up from years of overbreeding and because of
this, she will probably never see her sixth birthday. She has never been
shown love or compassion and probably has no idea what it would feel like
to run in the grass.
Her life is not like that of a normal dog at all. She only exists for the
purpose of breeding and has lived her entire life in the same small cage
where she eats and sleeps and where she's probably given birth to several
But that doesn't matter to the owner of the puppy mill. He only sees
dollar signs when he looks into her dark, sad eyes. In another six months
he'll breed her once again for the sake of filling his wallet and the
puppies will be shipped around the country to various pet stores and puppy
brokers and the morbid cycle will continue.
When she's no longer able to breed, she'll finally be put her out of her
misery- if she's lucky enough. The sad truth is that she will probably
still be worth a few dollars to a testing facility: A laboratory that uses
dogs for the sake of testing new products.
There is no hope of ever stopping this morbid cycle of abuse as long as we
keep buying puppies from pet stores.
Don't be fooled by AKC papers. Although the AKC doesn't condone puppy
mills, almost anyone can register a new litter providing both parents are
Please help put an end to this torture. Join the fight to eliminate puppy
mills by refusing to purchase a puppy from anyone other than a reputable
breeder. There are also millions of animals around the world in need of
adoption. You might be surprised to know that one in four dogs rescued by
the ASPCA, Humane Society and similar shelters is a purebred.
Please refer this article to a fellow animal lover or anyone who might
someday be in the market for a purebred puppy.
Here are lists of rescues
and humane societies.
|About the Author
My name is Brooke Faulder. I've made it my business, my passion
and my mission in life to put an end to the exploitation of
animals. Learn more about the plight of small breed dogs by
reading through the pages of http://www.small-breed-dogs.com.