Puppy Mill Awareness
Today marks the start of Puppy Mill Action Week. While we advocate and recommend adopting from reputable animal welfares, we do understand that there will always be people who prefer specific breeds and don’t want to adopt from a breed-specific rescue either. If you absolutely have to buy, at least make sure it’s a responsible, legitimate, reputable breeder. Note that this means your puppy WILL cost more than one from a fly-by-night, backyard, or puppy mill breeder BUT remember that, if your puppy is cheap, someone is losing out – and we guarantee it isn’t the person who bred the puppies. It will be the parents of the puppy, the puppies themselves, and YOU – because buying a badly-bred puppy can come with a host of problems that may end up costing you a fortune in future.
Help fight the cruelty of puppy mills by not supporting them and by educating others about them.
Note that ‘having papers’ and being ‘registered’ to an association means absolutely nothing as far as the welfare of the animals is concerned – they do not do checks on the facilities and their focus is on breed standards, not welfare.
What to look for
No reputable, responsible breeder will do ANY of the below. They care about the puppies and their parents, both at their home and once they’ve left. If you see any of the below, they are RED FLAGS so don’t buy – or, better yet, adopt from a welfare.
- Pups are for sale on the internet, from pet stores,
- classifieds, or advertised on flyers & posters.
- You can’t visit the facility or see the parents, or the seller wants to meet somewhere else.
- The seller is offering several different breeds.
- Puppies are offered too young (under 8 weeks)
- There’s no paperwork (both registration or a contract for you to sign).
- They’ve docked the puppies’ tails. (This is an offence according to the Animal Protections Act.)
- There is no proof of vaccinations.
- The breeder is pushy or tries to convince you to take more than one puppy.
- The seller doesn’t ask YOU any questions – a caring, breeder wants to know where the pup is going.