#NationalPuppyDay filled the timelines of millions, yesterday, March 23rd. While I am not complaining about seeing hundreds of adorable puppies, there is a method to the cuteness. National Puppy Day was created by Colleen Paige to help promote people to adopt dogs from shelters, rather than shop for them elsewhere. There approximately 8,000-10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. and this would include many businesses that call themselves breeders such as “backyard breeders”, people who purposely allow their dog to get pregnant in hopes of selling puppies.
According to nationalpuppyday.com, there are approximately 8,000-10,000 puppy mills in the U.S., this also includes many businesses that call themselves breeders such as “backyard breeders.” These are people who purposely allow their dog to get pregnant in hopes of selling the puppies. “The tragedy of puppy mills is that they don’t care about the animals more than a commodity to be sold.” Usually, animals from these mills live in overpopulated cages with no room to move. The puppies become sick as they never receive vaccinations or other necessary health exams.
In puppy mills, puppies are taken away from their mothers way too early, which denies them of basic skills that they need, resulting in shelter life.
“After a female dog’s fertility wanes, she is often killed, abandoned or sent to another mill that will attempt make her produce one more litter. Puppy mills and backyard breeders are the number one reason we have an overpopulation of dogs in this country…that and a lack of spaying and neutering.” -NPD.com
Millions of unwanted puppies sit in shelters for half of, if not, their whole life. Please don’t buy a puppy from a pet store, supporting puppy mills. Be part of the solution, “ADOPT.. don’t shop!”
Below is a list of local shelters close to the University of Louisville campus!
- Kentucky Humane Society
- Animal House Adoption Center
- Louisville Metro Animal Services
- Animal Care Society
And of course, I have to include my pup, Benji!