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When you have decided to adopt a puppy, or any dog, it is imperative to research where that pup was born and how it was raised. Unless you live outside of any form of media, you are most likely aware of puppy mills.
There are way too many dogs tossed out on the street or dumped into shelters for anyone to even consider seeking and adopting a pure-bred dog with papers.
Don’t adopt from a pet store unless they are having an adoption day sponsored by a rescue group, the SPCA or similar organization. Many pet stores buy from puppy mills. You never know what horrors that pup lived through until you adopted him. And, those horrors come with a price, such as training or social issues.
Puppy mill dogs are not socialized with humans. They live in deplorable conditions and rarely receive their shots. Living with trauma brings behavioral issues you may not be aware of. These dogs don’t know about living with kindness and you may have to take extra time to bring them into the fold of the family. They’ve never experienced being brushed. They don’t know what dog toys are, or a dog bed.
Laws have recently changed to protect animals from cruelty. These laws are not perfect, but pets arefar better protected than just five years ago.
From Wikipedia: Currently, 46 of the 50 states have enacted felony penalties for certain forms of animal abuse. However, in most jurisdictions, animal cruelty is most commonly charged as a misdemeanor offense.
Here’s a link to check your state regarding these animal cruelty laws:
While you’re at it, please check out The Puppy Mill Project. I’ve included their list of things you can do to help strengthen these laws.
How can you make an impact and strengthen laws governing puppy mills? Here are several ways:
Consider using The Shelter Pet Project to find a shelter or rescue group to adopt your puppy.
Make sure you have researched wisely. Once you adopt a puppy, you are the parent. You want to have the best experience possible with your new puppy. And you want to make sure he is healthy and happy.
Be sure to document your puppy’s adoption in your The Puppy Baby Book. And, take a look at our beautiful, frame-worthy adoption certificate.