That’s life for a puppy mill dog. Sheer hell.
Canada, shame on you! We like to think that these mills are all ‘down south’ in the U.S.A. somewhere and we act like snobs.
Amish and Mennonites
But the fact is that there are two very big hotbeds for puppy mills in Canada and they don’t show any signs of slowing down:
- the province of Quebec
- the Mennonite and Amish communities of Ontario
What can WE do about it?
You can take the Pledge to Stop Puppy Mills today by reading and signing this form.
You can promise to NEVER, EVER buy a dog or puppy from a pet store, a flea market or fair, or from the side of the road. No matter what the seller says, these are 100% guaranteed to be puppy mill dogs. Sure they got out, but what about the parents left behind?
Never buy a dog site unseen from a website. You can try to FIND a dog online, but NEVER buy one that way. Visit first. Watch for these Top 7 Signs you’re dealing with a Puppy Mill:
- The “breeder” is local, but no, you can’t visit. Instead, he or she wants to meet at a halfway point, a mall or car-park.
- You can visit – but you see 3 or more different dog breeds running around. This is a red flag that the breeder isn’t committed to one breed or hybrid and is just breeding whatever dogs she has around in order to make money.
- Dirty or stinky facilities. Genuine breeders love their dogs and put their care first. The home and puppy area should be clean and tidy and a safe environment for the puppies and parents.
- Hand painted signs on the road, advertising puppies for sale.
- Puppies are always available, and the breeder will let you take one at Christmas, Easter, etc. No caring breeder will release a puppy during these high-stress times and no responsible breeder always has a handy supply of puppies.
- For sale in public places. Stay away from anyone who’s selling puppies at a public place like a flea market, yard sale, swap meet or pet store, or out of the back of a pickup truck, car or van.
- Be suspicious of the seller who doesn’t demand that you spay or neuter your puppy. A genuine breeder will ask you to sign an agreement that your dog will NOT be bred.
To Kill a Snake Cut off its Head
Puppy mill operators are lower than snakes – so to shut them down, let’s cut them off where it hurts – their wallets. They’re greedy, despicable people and don’t deserve your hard-earned money!