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What is a Puppy or Kitten Mill?
The information below details an industry that pervades our country.
We ask that responsible citizens familiarize themselves with the practices of these mills and vow to boycott such ventures by adopting from your local shelter.
- If you know persons who hold
themselves out as "pet lovers," yet constantly offer
young puppies or kittens for sale
- If the litters are within
weeks of each other (i.e., one litter seven weeks old and another
litter five weeks old)
- If you are not permitted to
see the mother, or she appears exhausted and listless
- If there are several nursing
animals, overwhelmed and apathetic
- If there are several young
litters, scrabbling in dirty pens
These are signs of a puppy
or kitten mill.
Puppy or kitten millers indiscriminately exploit and breed females
again and again, to the detriment of the mother's health and
the subsequent deterioration of her milk and of the litters she
is forced to produce.
If the mother dies, her body is tossed and another breeding machine
is substituted. Most of these parent animals spend their brief,
uncomfortable lives in extremely cramped, ill-kept quarters with
little human interaction, since their owner's only purpose for
them is to reproduce living things to sell. They never know cuddling,
praise, or interaction with anything but nursing litters.
In contrast, reputable, professional breeders...
- NEVER breed a female animal
within months after she has delivered a litter.
- NEVER peddle puppies or kittens
from a pick-up in a parking lot, and seldom advertise their litters,
as they have strict criteria for placement.
- NEVER utilize their own children
to peddle the animals. ("Oh, look at the cute kid with the
The only way to shut down a
puppy or kitten mill is to cut off its cash flow, because these
humans are exploiting animals for one reason: money.
Please don't buy from a puppy or kitten mill. If you want to
give some animal a loving home, rescue the exhausted mother dog
or cat from her miserable existence and have her humanely spayed
to end her captivity.
Or, adopt from our local shelter. That's where puppy and kitten
millers dump the animals they aren't able to peddle it's
too expensive to keep and feed them.