There are over 10,000 puppy mills in the united states. Puppy mills can be commercial kennels, USDA
Breeders (click here to learn more), APHIS Breeders (click here to learn more) and
backyard breeders) where the adult dogs are kept in cages twenty four hours a day. Some of the dogs never
see daylight or feel grass under their feet. They are kept in filth (often times in their own excrement) and often
fed the minimal amount of food to stay alive. Long hair breeds are usually covered in hair mats made up of hair,
urine and feces. They are not socialized and rarely receive veterinarian care. The people running these puppy
mills almost never allow anyone to see where they house their adult dogs.
If the owners of the puppies refuse to allow you to see where they keep their adult dogs, walk away. We
understand that you could bring in bacteria and viruses on your shoes and clothing. Therefore, a good breeder
should allow you to peak in the door of the kennel or look in the windows to see their dogs. A good breeder will
ask you not to come to see their puppies until you have showered and changed clothes, if you have been at a
shelter or another kennel that day. This is to lesson the chances of the puppies picking something up from the
other places. They will ask you to wash your hands prior to picking their puppies up. You should at least be able
to see the Mother in person, unless the puppy was the pick of the litter, to evaluate her health and disposition. If
the puppy is the pick of the litter you should be able to see pictures of the mother and be able to contact the
owner of the mother dog. Some times the Father is at another breeder’s facility and can’t be seen. However, you
should be able to see pictures of him and be able to contact the stud owner.
As long as you purchase puppies from puppy mills, dogs will suffer incomprehensible lives in cages without
proper care. Do you want this to continue? You can be part of the solution, if you refuse to buy puppies from
these breeders they will be going out of business. If you feel sorry for a puppy in one of these places think
twice. If, I purchase this puppy will the suffering stop or will the breeder stay in business and replace this puppy
with another to suffer the same plight?????????????
Many pet stores buy from Puppy Mills, brokers that buy from Puppy Mills, USDA breeders, aphis breeders. Be
very careful, when buying from a pet store.
Florida law does not allow a breeder to sell a puppy before it is eight weeks of age. A good breeder may keep a
tiny puppy for more than eight weeks to insure it is strong enough to go home with it's new owners. The breeder
cannot sell a puppy or dog without a Health Certificate from a licensed Veterinarian. Health certificates are only
good for thirty days from the issue date. Make sure you get a copy of the Lemon Laws from the breeder before you
leave with your new puppy/dog. Never purchase a puppy without these things.
God made all creatures great and small. He made you their Guardian. Their lives’ are in your hands.
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