The majority of pet stores that sell puppies are getting those dogs from puppy mills, which are dog-making factories where mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are discarded or killed. Due to poor sanitation and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills are often sick.
Sadly, consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores or online without seeing a breeder's home firsthand are often unknowingly supporting this cruel industry.
Help stop this cycle of cruelty by pledging to adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue, or purchase only from a responsible breeder who you can meet and screen in person and who will let you view the conditions the animals are housed in. Then, do even more by purchasing pet supplies from stores and websites that don’t sell puppies. Where you spend your dollars makes a difference! Take the pledge below.