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Goal: 75,000 Progress: 60,967
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

We've all heard of puppy mills—those large-scale, commercial operations that breed puppies for profit. The promise of high returns provides incentive to minimize overhead costs and maximize profit, and the dogs pay the price. Millions of cats and dogs, meanwhile, inhabit shelters where volunteers and charities struggle to provide even basic needs.

Despite the limited protection provided by state and federal regulations, such as the Animal Welfare Act, less-than-ethical entrepreneurs exploit loopholes to sell directly to consumers, often using the internet as a conduit.

While advocates continue to push for tougher legislation, consumers continue to unknowingly purchase puppies and the cycle continues. Rather than relying on a lethargic legislative process, consumers can intervene directly by making responsible and informed decisions when searching for that new family member.

Sign the pledge and put puppy mills out of business.

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By signing this pledge and following the principles listed here, I am committed to the cessation of puppy mills and the unethical exploitation of puppies for profit. I promise to:

  • Always consider adoption first. With an estimated 6-8 million potential pets inhabiting shelters in the U.S., your next pet could be waiting at a local shelter. You don't just gain a family member, you're saving a life.
  • Boycott the middle man. Stay away from faceless pet stores and anonymous internet retailers as they are the most likely to sell puppies born in mills. Buy supplies from shops that support adoptions and refuse to sell dogs. Always inspect the facilities and ensure the puppy comes from a humane and respectable environment.
  • Spread the word. Already have a full pack? You can still help by sharing your knowledge with friends and family who might be looking to add one more. Puppy mills rely on consumer ignorance to peddle their product, using deceptive marketing to obscure the deplorable conditions. If more people were aware of the true nature of puppy mills, they could make an informed choice about where their puppy comes from.

For a healthier and happier puppy.

Petition Signatures


Dec 3, 2016 Mary Hays
Dec 3, 2016 Deborah Parmalee
Dec 3, 2016 M. Diane Ryan puppy mills are just horrid and cruel. Adopt don't shop.
Dec 3, 2016 Valerie Paterson
Dec 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2016 Scarlett Fahrenson
Dec 3, 2016 Philomina Rouse
Dec 2, 2016 Sandy Westphal
Dec 2, 2016 Barbara Buell
Dec 2, 2016 (Name not displayed) there are absolutely no good reasons for puppy mills to exist. Pet overpopulation is as terrible as ever and there are plenty of beautiful animals who would love to have a home in shelters and rescues through out the world. They should be illegal.
Dec 2, 2016 David Klass
Dec 2, 2016 Janet Johnson Such an inhumane act of cruelty is incomprehensible. If you don't want an animals, for Petes sake, take it to the shelter, don't toss it out like garbage. These people should be prosecuted.
Dec 2, 2016 Robyn Reichert
Dec 2, 2016 Kim Holec
Dec 2, 2016 GRACE NEFF Animal Shelters have so many animals waiting for adoption that Puppy Mills should be run out of business.
Dec 2, 2016 Marie Hood
Dec 2, 2016 Candice Laurence
Dec 2, 2016 Judy Baker
Dec 2, 2016 Francoise Bonte
Dec 2, 2016 lynda fisher
Dec 2, 2016 Stephanie Munguia Flores
Dec 2, 2016 carol hall
Dec 2, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2016 Louise Gordon
Dec 2, 2016 Barbara Cobb
Dec 2, 2016 Karen Emanuelson We need to criminalize puppy mills & put pet stores that sell puppy & kitten mill animals out of business.
Dec 2, 2016 Charrlee Brooks
Dec 2, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2016 Jackie Quinones
Dec 2, 2016 Maria Santiago
Dec 2, 2016 Karen Brown
Dec 2, 2016 rose bell
Dec 2, 2016 Paula Mattila
Dec 2, 2016 retro jet
Nov 29, 2016 Linda Burgess
Nov 29, 2016 Terri Goldstone
Nov 27, 2016 ELIZABETH McGOWAN
Nov 26, 2016 Olga Espinosa
Nov 26, 2016 (Name not displayed) These poor dogs don't deserve this poor life. Dogs do so many good things in our lives so why do they have to live like this?
Nov 25, 2016 christine burgess
Nov 23, 2016 Paige Rogers
Nov 22, 2016 Karin Bartlett Stop puppy mills forever!
Nov 21, 2016 karen pepe
Nov 21, 2016 Красноярск Gnc
Nov 21, 2016 Lauren Shun
Nov 21, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2016 MIRIAM NAVARRO
Nov 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2016 Brian Tercha
Nov 20, 2016 Brenda Allen

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