Ending puppy mills
A puppy mill is a dog breeding operation in which profit takes priority over the health, comfort and welfare of the dogs.
Even though more and more Americans are taking a stand against them, the U.S. still has thousands of puppy mills.
In puppy mills, dogs live in small, cramped cages; females are bred constantly; and most of the dogs are deprived of love, socialization and medical care. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are killed in shelters each year (380,000 in 2023 alone) just because they don’t have safe places to call home. But you can help change that.
The problem with puppy mills
Many people don’t realize that when they buy a dog from a pet store or the internet, that dog most likely came from a puppy mill.
Every dog should feel safe, happy and loved
Best Friends collaborates with passionate people like you to put laws in place that help eliminate puppy mills.
Through Best Friends’ puppy mill initiatives, we are working to encourage pet stores to offer pets for adoption instead of selling pets bred in mills, educate consumers about puppy mills, and create and lobby for humane legislation and policies that protect pets.