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A puppy mill is an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility that churns out puppies for profit, ignoring the needs of the pups and their mothers. Dogs from puppy mills are often sick and unsocialized.
Puppy mills commonly sell through internet sales, online classified ads, flea markets and pet stores. In fact, the majority of puppies sold in pet stores and online are from puppy mills.
Responsible breeders will be happy to meet you in person and show you where the puppy was born and raised—and where their mom lives too.
Mom of Puppies at Puppy Mill
Mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages with little to no personal attention. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are abandoned or killed just because they can’t reproduce.
Due to poor sanitation, overbreeding and a lack of preventive veterinary care, the puppies from puppy mills frequently sadly suffer from a variety of health issues. That creates heartbreaking challenges for families who should be enjoying the delights of adopting a new family member.
Cruel Commercial Breeders of Puppy Mill
Cruel commercial breeders want to maximize profit by producing the highest number of puppies at the lowest possible cost. Here’s how they do it.
More breeding dogs equals more puppies, which equals more money. Cruel breeders maximize space by keeping dogs tightly contained. Dogs are commonly kept in small, stacked, wire-floored crates or in outdoor pens exposed to heat, cold and rain. They eat, sleep and give birth in confinement.
Diseases in Puppy Mill
The conditions of these facilities encourage the spread of diseases. Especially among puppies with undeveloped immune systems. Puppies often arrive in pet stores with health issues ranging from parasites to parvo to pneumonia.
No Vet Care
Dogs (like people) need regular health care. However, because it can be costly and time-consuming, veterinary care is limited to almost none. Breeding dogs and puppies don’t get to see a veterinarian often. Not for regular checkups, vaccines, teeth cleanings or even when they’re sick.
Puppy mill dogs aren’t bathed, their hair is not brushed and their nails are not cut. This can lead to painful matting and nails so long it hurts to stand or walk on surfaces.
No Emotional Care
Puppy mills only plan on selling puppies. There is little incentive to provide much physical or emotional care to the adult breeding dogs. Lack of normal human interaction hurts social animals like dogs. They may pace back and forth in their cages, bark nonstop, cower or appear entirely shut down.
Female dogs are bred at every opportunity. Even if they are sick, injured, exhausted or have genetic traits that could be damaging to their puppies.
Puppies aren’t given time to gradually separate from their mother and litter-mates. Once there’s a buyer, puppies are immediately removed from the mother. This kind of sudden separation can lead to fear, anxiety and other lasting behavioral problems that may be difficult or impossible to treat.
Puppies are often shipped long distances by truck or plane to brokers and pet stores. The transport may be noisy, crowded, filthy, and too hot or cold. Puppies may also be exposed to illness and disease causing them to spread the illness to other puppies.
No Homes for Moms
To a commercial breeder, the profits are in the puppies. No effort is made to find homes for adult dogs who can no longer breed. When their bodies are so depleted or sick that they can no longer produce puppies, they’re often abandoned or killed.
BE WARNED: WHERE DO THEIR PUPPIES REALLY COME FROM?
Pet stores are the primary sales outlet for puppy mills and are essential for keeping puppy mills in business. Both licensed and unlicensed mills sell to pet stores. Many mills sell to pet stores without the required license and are not held accountable. Puppies are bred in mills and then shipped all over the country.
For example, puppies bred in the Midwest may be shipped on trucks to southern California or Florida. So these kind of mills can ship all over United States.
My personal story:
I wanted a pug so bad and begged my parents. We would stroll through pet shops and look at all the puppies.
One day my mother and I walked into a pet shop that was in the mall. There was one pug that had just arrived. Of coarse we asked if we could play with him. We played and I begged my mom and dad to get him.
Finally they said yes!
We asked all about where he came from and the shop owner said he came from a nice Amish breeder with last name Yoder. I thought, “Wow, he must have had a nice family on a farm.” On the papers, it said his mom was China Doll. I thought this all sounded like a reputable breeder.
My parents and I were the perfect owners. We took him to the vet as soon as we got him to make sure he was healthy. Everything checked out great.
Then as I was training him, he LOVED to eat his own poop and everything he could get into his little mouth. I thought this was just puppy behavior. But he never grew out of it. Thank god that everything he did ingest, came out without surgery!
This was all before I educated myself about puppy mills.
Turns out that a lot of Amish do puppy mills as a source of income. It broke my heart to learn this. At first I thought that I had saved a puppy. But that should not have been my mentality.
Conclusion of Puppy Mill
That’s what puppy mills are hoping for in today’s world. That you “SAVE” a puppy. That just means that you fell for “PURCHASING” a puppy from them. So as the saying goes:
A microchip is a little chip with a number on it that is implanted underneath the dog’s skin with a needle. The needle is inserted under the skin and there is a plunger that pushes the chip in. The needle comes out and leaves the chip under the skin. (There may be slight bleeding since this is a big needle.)
The microchip stays in the dog for its’ lifetime.
Sometimes the chip may relocate to another area on the body. That’s why it is important to scan a dog all over to make sure they aren’t microchipped.
After Implantation of Microchip
After getting the microchipped, you then register the number associated with the microchip number online or the company’s phone number.
Many veterinarians and rescues do this for you so when your dog gets lost, you now have a way to distinguish your dog. Veterinarians and rescues keep the microchip number sticker in their system so when the dog is scanned, the number will come back to your profile.
So hopefully if a person finds a dog, they will take it to a veterinary clinic and see if it has a microchip.
There are some companies that keep your information for free with unlimited updates and some companies that you pay a yearly membership to keep your records on file.
Always keep your information up-to-date when moving, giving someone else custody, and if you change your phone number. Too many times I have seen a lost dog come in the veterinary clinic that the owners did not update their information.
Chloe Getting Hers
My dog Chloe came from a rescue so they did the implant of the microchip before we got custody. (Most rescues will go ahead and microchip so if the dog gets lost or sold to someone else, they have records that you were the person that got them.) I was there when they did it and she didn’t even flinch. (She is a pretty tough girl!)
When Frankie Got His
Then I talked my parents into getting Frankie (my pug that my parents got custody of) microchipped. He screamed his little head off when they inserted the needle and of coarse he bled. (He was pretty wimpy!!)