Never more then before are households filling their lives with the love of a beloved dog, in fact the world dog population is around 300 million, many of them have unknowingly been purchased through a puppy mill. With such a lack of mandatory animal welfare standards means unscrupulous breeders make it possible for puppy mills to exist.
Dogs in these facilities are often kept in small pens with no quality of life and a lack of veterinary care. With no ability to exercise, socialise, play or interact with humans often means they have often already developed long-term behavioural or health problems before they even find a home.
The mother dogs suffer years in isolation. The mother is kept in a cycle of breeding until she can no longer produce enough puppies to be profitable. When this happens, the mother dog is usually destroyed and replaced with a new breeder. Sadly only a lucky few make it to caring homes.
Puppy mills exist only because they remain hidden from public view.
If you are thinking of welcoming a dog into your home, please always consider adopting from your local shelter, pound or searching known quality pet rescue websites. You’ll save a life right there and then.
Never buy your puppy through the internet or a pet shop, as you will have no guarantee where they came from.
If you decide to buy a puppy from a commercial breeder, it is important to be very careful and do your research first. Find a breeder who allows you to visit every part of the premises, go into the kennels and see the parent animals and the conditions in which they live.
A reputable breeder will be open, honest and happy to answer all of your questions and show you around. In fact, they should insist on it! They should also in return want to screen you very closely so they are satisfied their puppy is going to the best home possible. If it seems too easy to get your hands on one of their puppies – step back, do your research, you may be about to support a Puppy Mill.
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