Shelley Homan
Thousands of puppies are bought and sold every year during the holiday season, which means thousands of consumers end up unknowingly supporting puppy mills.
Puppy mills are inhumane, commercial breeding facilities that place an emphasis on profits over the health of the dogs.  The breeding dogs at puppy mills live their entire lives in cages, typically in deplorable conditions.  As a result, their puppies are often unhealthy and can carry infectious diseases.
Last month, The Humane Society of the United States released the results of a hidden-camera investigation which traced the sources of puppies sold in Texas pet stores and flea markets.  The investigation showed that many Texas pet stores obtained puppies from puppy mills, including some of the worst facilities in the United States.  This investigation was the latest to demonstrate the wide-spread consumer fraud and abuse occurring throughout this industry.  Over and over again in these investigations, stores claimed that they did not buy their puppies from puppy mills when, in fact, they did.
These investigations show why people should adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue or buy from a responsible breeder this holiday season.  When you buy a dog online, from a pet store or flea market you just do not know what you are going to get and you are likely supporting a cruel puppy mill.
Please “opt to adopt” and provide a  lifelong  home for a  dog or cat.