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Share the Puppy Text game with six friends to put them in the shoes of a pet store worker who must choose whether to stand up to animal abuse or ignore it. At the end of the game, we’ll provide tips for stopping puppy mills in the real world.
Contributed by Shifa Khan
Puppy mills sprung up rather quickly post World War II. Declines in vegetation production led to an alternative form of income that would bring in continuous cash flow for mid-western farmers. The demand for puppies was on the rise during this time, which resulted in what can be called the first commercial puppy business. Similar to the current market, puppies were sold to retail pet stores, thus creating the “puppy mills” industry. Chicken coops and rabbit hutches were reused for dog housing, which isn’t too far off from the environments seen in puppy mills today (Puppy Mills and…). What is a puppy mill? Puppy mills, also known as puppy farms, are inhumane, large-scale, commercial breeding grounds for dogs (Buyer Beware). Puppy mills are driven by profit, with little to no regard for animal welfare, safety, or health. The harmful effects linked to puppy mills and their continued business is numerous. Most harm caused from these mills is done to the dogs directly. The conditions of dogs in puppy mills is squalid, and includes: cramped and overcrowded cage enclosures, unsanitary food and water, painful wire flooring, living in excretion, full exposure to weather conditions, no exercise, little to no medical treatment or veterinary care, disease, injury, pre-matured weaning, emotional and physical trauma, behavioral and genetic problems, and sometimes death (Buyer Beware). Puppy mills not only cause harm to dogs directly, but contribute to the larger problem of dog overpopulation (leading to high euthanasia rates in kill shelters) and human greed.
Contributed by Hanna Kirkorian
I work as a veterinary techncian while I go to school and we are currently working with a puppy that we suspect may have come from a puppy mill. The poor little guy was very sick when we first saw him. No play in him and seemed content to just lay in my arms. I am happy to say he is doing much better and is much more playful. These places do nobody any favors. A owner pays for a puppy or kitten and when they have medical problems they get overwhemed and saldy the animal is often dumped somewhere or taken to a shelter. Not to mention the animals that are held in cages and forced to give birth mutiple times. It baffles me that people are capable of treating a truly innocent breathing animal the way do when they show such loyalty to us.
Contributed by Kellymarie Perez-Cruz