A time to celebrate the bond between parent and child, Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but as you make plans to honor the person who has given you love and support throughout your life, take a moment to remember the mother dogs in puppy mills who are forced to live out their lives inside cramped wire cages as they give birth time and time again– never experiencing the unconditional love given by pet parents of her own.
Held each year on the week before Mother’s Day, Puppy mill Action Week is an initiative of The Humane Society of the United States, which is encouraging animal lovers to visit www.apuppyisnotaproduct.com. Created as a way to shine a spotlight on the plight of the two million dogs who are born annually in puppy mills and the mothers they are forced to leave behind as they are shipped to pet stores or sold online, the website provides dog devotees with several sad statistics, such as the fact that puppy mill mothers have a life expectancy half that of other dogs, and that 95 percent of people in the U.S. are still unaware that 99 percent of the pups purchased in pet stores began life in the squalid conditions of a puppy mill.
But along with the discouraging data, the website also offers hope for a better tomorrow for dogs in dire need of help by providing potential pet parents with reasons to choose the option of pet adoption, information regarding humane pet stores which help shelter dogs find forever homes, a link to a petition to put an end to unlicensed breeding purely for the sake of profit, and a pledge to be a voice for dogs who are so desperately in need of help.
Further information regarding puppy mills can also be found at www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/ and www.hsi.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/puppy_mill_action_week.html
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