Its been a while since I last posted here, but I’ve been soooo busy. Sorry about the lack of posts, but hopefully this will make it up as my “Good Deed for the Day”. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the show Oprah did on the perils of puppy mills. If you didn’t read the post or you’re too lazy to click the link, it was basically a show on how undercover correspondent Lisa Ling goes into puppy mills to reveal the shocking truth on these sickening places. The footage was even a little shocking to me having seen similar footage before, but I’m sure it opened the eyes of millions of other people. Anyway, I decided to continue on that post with this one. So here are 5 ways to help stop puppy mills. If anyone has some ideas to add, please leave them in the comments.
1. Avoid buying your puppy from a pet store at all costs. According to the Oprah show, 99% of all puppies from a pet store come from a puppy mill. No matter what a pet store tells you, its almost a guarantee that puppies from pet stores come from puppy mills. The pet store may tell you that they have ‘health certificates’ or ‘USDA approved’ puppies, but all that stuff is a smoke screen to hide the truth. Take your business to a reputable breeder or the adoption shelter. Whatever you do, NEVER buy from a pet store. You will only fuel the business of puppy mills.
2. Tell all your friends and family about puppy mills. Spread the word to everyone you know, and tell them to spread the word to everyone they know. I know you’ve gotten those email chains at least once in your life. Probably about how to lower the cost of gasoline or something like that. However, lets try that same technique on spreading the word about stopping puppy mills.Â Send out an email to your entire contact list and tell all those contacts to do the same. One thing that worries me is the cost of gas has only sky rocketed, so it doesn’t seem like those chain emails did much. However, look on the bright side, we’re not talking about a necessity like gasoline, we’re talking about cute little puppies that need to be saved!
3. Send out petitions and letters to your state legislature. Or, send one to the Pennsylvania’s state legislature, the state with the most puppy mills in the US. You can tell their state legislature that you absolutely refuse to visit the state unless you see something done about puppy mills. With fewer tourists and visitors, the state will lose money which nobody wants.
4 . LINK to this blog , my Oprah Puppy Mill post, or this post that you’re currently reading on you website to educate anybody else about puppy mills. The more links on other websites will help spread the word quickly and help reach many more people.
5. Print banners and ads and place them near pet stores. Spread them around at your work, school, grocery stores, restaurants, and your gym. Basically, anywhere that people can see your flyer. Even if its stops one person from buying a puppy from a pet store, you’ve accomplished a great feat.
Hopefully these 5 tips can help you and your friends and family join in the fight against puppy mills.