Puppy Mill Initiatives

One of Best Friends’ primary goals is to stop puppy mills. For every commercially bred puppy purchased in a store, there's a pet in a shelter, wishing for a home. Every day, more than 9,000 pets are killed in shelters across the country simply because they don't have safe places to call home, while puppy mills continue to churn out pets. Help break the puppy mill cycle and save lives. By choosing to adopt rather than buy your next pet, you can take a stand against puppy mills and save the lives of pets in shelters. Together, we can Save Them All.

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Great pets are available for adoption

If you’re looking for a healthy, loving pet, you’re in luck. Many can readily be found in shelters and rescue groups around the country.

Percent of pets in shelters
who are pure breeds:
25%*

Percent of pets in shelters who are pure breeds

Types of pets found in shelters and rescue groups:

young, purebred, old, housetrained, mixed-breed, adorable,
well-mannered, puppies, healthy, kittens

Shelter and rescue group animals

No matter what type of pet you’re looking for, a shelter or rescue organization is the place to go.

The connection: From puppy mills to pet stores

Which pet stores sell puppies supplied by puppy mills? Nearly 100%.

Estimated number of
puppy mills in the U.S.that
supply to pet stores or
sell online:
10,000

Percent of pets in shelters who are pure breeds

We can change that. By choosing adoption, you’re taking a stand against the puppy mill industry.

Really – are puppy mills that bad?

A puppy mill is a factory farm for dogs. That means physical exercise, mental stimulation, and human attention, are rare, if provided at all. For more about life in a puppy mill, check out this eye-opening video.

Adopt: Help put puppy mills out of business and save a life

Together, we can reduce the number of animals suffering in puppy mills while saving the lives of millions of dogs in shelters:

Number of animals
entering shelters
each year:
5-8 Million

Percent of pets in shelters who are pure breeds

Adopting instead of buying has the power to save a lot of lives. So start your adoption search here and find your best friend today!

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Best Friends–Los Angeles
Best Friends–Salt Lake City
Network partners nationwide

Together, we can Save Them All.™

*According to the Humane Society of the United States.