There are plenty of websites out there that promise to deliver a cute puppy right to your door. While this might seem like a good way to find your next family friend, people who sell puppies online without screening the buyer in person first are most likely puppy millers.
Puppy mills are like dog-making factories where the main concern is profit, not animal welfare. Many puppy millers will pose as small, local breeders that raise their puppies on beautiful, open property. But in reality, mother dogs often spend their entire lives in small, wire cages with barely enough food and water to stay alive. They are bred continuously to supply puppies for the pet trade, and when they can't breed anymore they're discarded or killed.
Consumers who purchase puppies over the Internet without visiting a breeder's home and meeting the parents of the puppy in person are supporting the puppy mill industry.
You can help stop this cycle of cruelty by only purchasing a dog from a responsible breeder who will show you where your puppy was born and raised. Better yet, save a life and adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue.
Pet owners can also help by refusing to buy pets or pet supplies from any website, pet store or flea market that sells commercially-raised puppies.
Pledge to take action today and together we can shut down this cruel industry!