Yes, online is great when it comes to shoes or purses, but when you are adding a furry new member to your family it could be a grave mistake. The majority of dogs sold online come from horridly abusive Puppy Mills, where they are taken from their mothers too early, put in a crate and shipped somewhere via air. These puppies have been known to go days without any food or water. And after making an online purchase, many buyers end up with a sick dog, or scammed and receive no dog at all.
Meet the Mother… And See First Hand Where Your Puppy Was Born
Any breeder can be a puppy mill. Know what red flags to look for. Responsible breeders want to meet you and encourage you to visit their home, so you can see where the puppies and their mothers live. After an in-person visit, it’s up to you. Did the dogs there look happy or well adjusted? Were they afraid of people? Does the breeder use Paypal or other quick payment methods? Does the dog come with a contract? Responsible breeders will always take their dogs back if you are unable to properly care for it. A good breeder truly cares where their puppies will be living.
Help Us Eliminate the Horrific Cruelty and Abuse of Puppy Mills
Most people don’t know anything about Puppy Mills. Any breeder can be a puppy mill. They are large or small dog breeders that breed puppies for profit. They can have anywhere from 10 to hundreds of breeding dogs. The mother dogs end up being breeding machines, kept pregnant in cages day and night. Worst of all, they are denied vet care. These dogs are never groomed or allowed to exercise. And many of these dogs are living and breeding with painful untreated conditions. And of course, these conditions can easily be passed on to their puppies. The best way to eliminate Puppy Mills is to never purchase a puppy online or from a pet store. Meet the mother dog and see the conditions yourself, first-hand. Keep in mind, your dog will be probably be part of your family for about 10 years, so please make sure you do the right thing when it comes to buying that new puppy.