Exposing the connection between puppy mills and pet stores, and encouraging adoption.
Right now, millions of adult dogs are suffering on the “production line” in America’s puppy mills. Their sole purpose is to breed and make money for their owners. They live in tiny, wire-bottomed cages, in squalid conditions, with little human contact and often no veterinary care. It is no life for man’s best friend.
Meanwhile, roughly 11,000 animals are euthanized in America’s shelters every day. There’s something wrong with this picture.
The goal of Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign is to create a world of No More Homeless Pets by fighting against puppy mills and irresponsible breeding. Our campaign team saves lives by holding peaceful demonstrations at pet stores that sell puppies from mills, educating consumers about the inhumane conditions in puppy mills, encouraging people to adopt rather than buy pets, and advocating for better legislation to combat puppy mills.
Please join us in working toward a day when all of America’s pets have what they deserve: good care, safety and love from a family of their own.
How is Best Friends fighting puppy mills?
Education: Educating consumers about the horrors of puppy mills increases awareness and decreases the demand for puppy mill puppies. When consumers learn the truth about puppy mills and pet stores that sell them, they make informed choices.
Most dogs sold in pet stores are from puppy mills. In 2008, Best Friends launched its first Puppies Aren’t Products local program in Los Angeles, aimed at stopping the sale of puppies from irresponsible breeders in stores and increasing adoptions. We advocate switching to a humane model, encouraging stores to stop selling pets and to have rescued pets available in the store for adoption. Best Friends targets the issue from multiple angles: We conduct peaceful demonstrations in front of pet stores, investigate puppy suppliers, and work with local governments to clamp down on puppy mills.
As of April 2009, the Puppies Aren’t Products campaign has expanded to include two more cities: Las Vegas and New York. Best Friends holds peaceful demonstrations at one or more stores every weekend in each of the three cities until the targeted store agrees to change to a humane business model, or they decide to close.
Pup My Ride, a lifesaving transport program: Through the Pup My Ride program, over a thousand small dogs facing euthanasia in Los Angeles shelters have been transported to areas where small dogs are in high demand. In 2009, the program is expanding to move cast-off, unwanted breeding dogs from Midwest puppy mills to New York, where they are placed with no-kill rescue groups and shelters to find their forever homes. In the first year alone, an estimated 800 dogs facing certain death in puppy mills will be transported. Education will be a strong component, with every adopter learning about the issue and how the choice to adopt helps stop puppy mills.
Collaboration with others: Best Friends employees work with people around the country to fight puppy mills. Here are some of the ways they do this:
Assisting groups with closing down or prosecuting puppy mills when violations are found
Promoting other groups’ events, protests and petitions through our website
Calling on Best Friends members for help during rescue situations
Helping individuals report suspected illegal puppy mills to the proper local authorities
Helping organizations find proper placement for dogs removed from puppy mill busts
Giving funds to organizations for specific projects or cases.
How can you support Puppies Aren’t Products?
Never buy a puppy online or in a pet store or from classified ads.
Adopt your next dog or puppy from a shelter or rescue group.
Have your dog spayed or neutered.
Support stronger dog breeder laws.
Stage your own pet store protest.
Become a Best Friends volunteer.
Donate to the Puppies Aren’t Products campaign.
* Buddha Bark is a strong supporter of the Puppies Aren’t Products Campaign and is helping Best Friends to spread awareness and educate.