Each year, millions of dogs and cats are left unwanted in shelters and are eventually euthanized because of the lack of people not buying from shelters. Those millions of dogs and cats were originated from puppy mills, commercial dog breeding facilities that neglect the animal’s overall wellbeing but focuses on gaining profit.
In these facilities, a dog’s mental, physical and emotional care is neglected. The animals spend most of the time in too small of cages, neglecting their physical health. Often times, the food and water is contaminated with bugs or other feces which can cause the dog or cat to be malnourished. There is no socialization or interaction with the animals. It is strictly just for the money.
Due to an overproduction of these animals from these cruel facilities, dogs and cats both are put into shelters or are killed because shelters are too full. With people not adopting animals from shelters, keeps puppy mills across the United States in business.
Most people have been in or have seen a pet super stores; they are everywhere. Almost every animal that comes from a pet store has been in a puppy mill, and has experienced the horrid conditions that they were put through. Buying from these pet super stores, only helps promote puppy mills and keeps them in business. It is a vicious cycle of overpopulation: to many good dogs, not enough homes.
Junior Aubrie Beasey and her family have recently adopted a dog from the Humane Society. She explains how it was one of the best decision her family had made.
“Personally, dogs from shelters tend to be more loving and gentler compared to dogs that you get from a store because they are in cages all day and don’t get the proper exercise. Also, it is great knowing that you are saving a life that has been put through such conditions,” said junior Aubrie Beasey.
Adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue centers across the state will not only help reduce the number of puppy mills in the country, but you will be reducing the overall number of animals that get euthanized each year.
If you have the next opportunity to get a pet, consider adopting from local shelter instead of supporting and buying animals from pet stores. You will be saving the life of the animal you just adopted, and you’re giving an opportunity for other suffering animals to get adopted too.
Puppy mills are becoming an epidemic in the United States with as many as 10,000 puppy mills still in operating in the United States. With supporting pet stores and online pet-selling websites, you are supporting the inhumane dog facilities that disregard these innocent animals.
“After seeing all the dogs in the shelter, I knew I wanted to adopt a dog because my family and I didn’t want an innocent dog to get euthanized. Most dogs in shelters are pit-bulls because nobody wants to adopt them because of their bad reputation. Adopting a pit-bull is one of the best decisions we have made. She is a great dog and very loving, which we did not expect coming from a shelter and such a bad reputation,” said Beasey.