Spring has sprung and that means…kittens and puppies!
So happy National Puppy Day! What is National Puppy Day, you ask? It’s an annual event to celebrate the unconditional love and light puppies bring to our lives, as well as to encourage all of you out there to adopt a special puppy in need. So many puppies are orphaned, believe it or not, and you can find a lovable little one at any of your area’s local shelters.
It’s also a time to educate and raise awareness of the problem of puppy mills. There are approximately 8,000 – 10,000 puppy mills operating in the U.S. and these are NOT reputable, conscientious breeders. Many pet stores sell these puppy mill dogs, and they can be very ill or overbred. These puppy mills have no regard for the welfare of the animals, using them as breeding machines and housing them in very filthy, overcrowded conditions.
I’d like to encourage all of you out there who may be passing by these pet store windows to remember the pain and helplessness this system perpetrates, and NOT support these businesses. Instead, please visit your local shelters or go online to find adoptable animals in need. Until we stop patronizing these pet stores and get legislation passed to end puppy mills, we cannot let a cute puppy in the window sway us!
Find out more about National Puppy Day here. Happy hunting for the perfect shelter pup for your home!
Owner, Delightful Doggies