You Can Help Save the PUPS!Posted by on March 20, 2013
In my January blog, I wrote to you about North Shore Animal League America’s puppy mill rescues. In the past year alone, we have saved more than 500 lives, including puppies who were not “sellable” for some reason and adult dogs who no longer were able to breed.
Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities where dogs are kept in truly horrific conditions. If you’ve ever seen any of the video footage of these mills, I’m sure you had the same response as I did. It’s hard to find words to express how heartbreaking it is to gaze upon the haunted, desperate faces on these innocent dogs who are packed into tiny wire cages 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
One important effort to make a difference is the PUPS act, which stands for The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act. Despite all the divisiveness we hear about every day in Washington, this legislation is sponsored by politicians from both sides of the aisle. These heroes have joined together to close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that allows commercial breeders who sell over the Internet to avoid any health and safety inspections. That means that pets who are sold online have no protections at all—not even basic guarantees of adequate food, water or shelter.
Closing this loophole would be an important step, and it’s one that all of us at Animal League America adamantly support (click here to find out more about how you can help support the legislation and also help stop abuses at puppy mills).
In the meantime, let your friends and neighbors know the ugly truth behind that cute little puppy in the store window. Tell them that, no matter what the store owner tells you, it’s a virtual certainty that animal came from a mill. Please keep spreading the word far and wide that adopting a Mutt-i-gree®—any shelter or rescued pet—is the best way to add a loving canine or feline to your family!