WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP PUPPY MILLS
- Encourage state and federal officials to stop the mass production and exportation of sick and traumatized dogs. In addition to passing new laws, legislators can demand that existing laws be enforced.
- Urge other people not to buy puppies from pet stores, over the Internet, or from newspaper ads.
- Write letters to the editor about puppy mills and pet stores. Explain the mills' inhumane treatment of puppies and their contribution to pet overpopulation.
- Visit a local pet store to determine where it obtains its puppies. Don't be misled by claims that its dogs were not bred in puppy mills. Insist on seeing breed registry papers or the interstate health certificate for each puppy. The papers will list the breeder's and/or wholesaler's name and address.
- Contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives and your two
Senators, asking them to urge the USDA to strictly enforce the Animal Welfare Act and to support efforts to increase funding for USDA/Animal Care.
File a Breeder Complaint Form if your new puppy appears to be suffering from a medical condition.