Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare Inc. - OC-PAW
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Puppy Mills
Cesar's work with Last Chance for Animals results in happy endings for rescued puppies.Dog Whisperer: Puppy Mills Exposed : http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/dog-whisperer/3736/Overview
Quick Facts Puppy Mills
1. Almost all pet store puppies come from puppy mills or puppy farmers. A puppy mill packs dogs in cages, often wire cages that cut into their paws (so that excrement will flow out of the cages). These cages barely allow them the space to turn around. They are not given attention, opportunity for socialization, proper medical attention, or sanitary conditions. Even if the dogs come with papers, they are not likely to be purebred.
2. Red flags - you're dealing with puppy mills when a "breeder" or someone selling puppies online or in the classifieds section insists on meeting you "to make things easy." If you are asked to see the store's veterinarian - and told that another vet will void a guarantee - this is another red flag. They will likely downplay any health issue, even if it is apparent to you.
3. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was passed in 1966 to establish minimum humane standards for animals bred for commercial resale. It requires large scale commercial breeders to be inspected by the US Department of Agriculture. Most puppy mills are not required to be licensed or inspected because they are considered wholesale operations selling directly to the public.
4. Out of the dogs and cats owned in the United States, it's estimated up to 10% are purchased from pet stores and up to 20% are purchased from breeders.
5. A registered breeder is not the same thing as a puppy farmer, backyard breeder or puppy mill. They are registered, test for genetic diseases, and will usually require a potential owner to visit the premises and meet the parents of the puppy - whereas a puppy farmer will offer to deliver the puppy as a service.
Adoption
1. It's estimated that one in every four to five shelter animals is purebred.
2. Five out of ten dogs and seven of ten cats in shelters are destroyed because they aren't adopted.
3. Top reasons people don't adopt shelter pets include fears about damaged animals, behavior problems, or that the pet was dropped off for a reason. In fact, animals that are up for adoption are current on vaccines and in good health. Behavioral issues, if present, can be addressed through training.
4. Adopting an animal from a shelter or rescue organization opens up a spot for another homeless animal; buying one from a pet store allows the commercial breeding industry to exist.
5. An adoption fee will often be less than $200, and will include all vaccinations, a chip, and your new pet will likely be spayed or neutered. A comparable average cost to buy a puppy out of a store or online is currently around $800 - and they may have costly medical issues down the road.


Links
The Humane Society of the United States: Puppy Mills