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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

National Puppy Mill Awareness Day: ‘Howliday’ focuses on cruel puppy mills

Founded in 2003, (National) Puppy Mill Awareness Day (PMAD) is an annual "howliday" that shines the spotlight on the cruel puppy mill industry.

This important event raises awareness about inhumane puppy mills, the “breeding facilities that produce puppies in large numbers” for profit. Sadly, many of these beautiful animals endure horrendous conditions. Many of these magnificent animals live their entire lives in overcrowded, filthy cages, and receive little love or attention. These poor pooches (and cats) receive little if any veterinary care and are often fed poor quality food. Many animals are never touched or get to leave the confines of their disgusting cages.

It is estimated that millions of puppies are sold to people each year via the Internet, newspaper advertising, pet shops, breeders, brokers or in person. Many of these animals come from mills. Sadly, many die or are euthanized due to disease, genetic defects or behavioral issues.

While there are some reputable puppy-friendly pet stores that do not support puppy mills, many pet stores continue to purchase their animals from puppy mills. By refusing to purchase any animal from mills, we can stop this cruel and inhumane cycle and put these folks out of business for good. Before you ask how much is that adorable puppy in the window of a pet store, ask yourself where the puppy came from and what kind of conditions the poor little guy or gal had to endure.

Millions of unloved, neglected, abused and unwanted pets are waiting for their furrever homes. Many will be euthanized through no fault of their own. Please consider opening your heart and home to a precious pooch (or "purrfect" kitty) by visiting your local animal shelter - before it's too late.

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