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Goal: 75,000 Progress: 60,125
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


May 29, 2016 Victoria Folker
May 28, 2016 Guy Rein No need for puppy mills. There are plenty of pets waiting to be adopted!
May 28, 2016 Vickie Herdman
May 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2016 Barbara Rubin
May 28, 2016 Kim Darling I rescued a puppy mill dog after she had been there for 10 yrs. She didn't know what grass was or a toy or any love. I had her until the end of her life and showered her with unconditional love every day. It was so sad.
May 28, 2016 Betty Alspaugh
May 28, 2016 kim wilbur
May 28, 2016 Carol Dolan
May 28, 2016 Stella Stephens
May 28, 2016 Deborah Henthorne
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May 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 28, 2016 Laura Peeke Will never understand the necessity of paying so much money for a "store bought" animal. If you want to know true love from an animal, try adopting. Those critters are the most grateful - ever!
May 28, 2016 Diane maranger We are the only ones that can save them..they need our help..they are all Precious Angels sent from God
May 28, 2016 Bea Cohen
May 28, 2016 Rebecca Kossan
May 28, 2016 Gretchen Luros
May 28, 2016 Ertie Evangelista
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May 28, 2016 Gary Hill
May 28, 2016 Stephanie Dascalos
May 28, 2016 (Name not displayed) There are tooooo many animals in shelters that need homes. Breeders should think about that instead of their own greed!!!!!!!!!!
May 28, 2016 Kim Zirkelbach
May 28, 2016 Jean Kuntz
May 28, 2016 Angie Martinez Puppy Mills is a money making horrible operation, they do not care at all for the welfare, and health of these beautiful animals. They stay in cages all the time, never have human contact and when they are no longer useful they are killed. Don't buy!!!
May 28, 2016 Merle Foster
May 28, 2016 Dale Ireson
May 28, 2016 Cynthia Cabell
May 28, 2016 cindy anderson Please go to your local shelter and check out the pets there before buying. All my pets have come from the shelter and they are wonderful - they seem to know they have been rescued and are so thankful! Thank you, you won't be sorry! :]
May 28, 2016 DeLynda Brown
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May 28, 2016 Julie Anderson
May 28, 2016 (Name not displayed) RESCUE is the only way to give a forever home to a dog - or cat. Buying from a puppy mill is wrong, and unless you're going to breed responsibly for AKC affiliation, a needy dog or cat will give as much or probably more love to you for adopting them.
May 28, 2016 Sylvia Plavnick
May 28, 2016 Merlin Hay
May 28, 2016 Shelba Friel
May 28, 2016 Vicki Hall
May 28, 2016 Angela Molina
May 28, 2016 Emelyn Morrison
May 28, 2016 Lona Sulser
May 28, 2016 Sandi Hebley All our pets have been strays or rescues. They are wonderful and loving, just the best!
May 28, 2016 Sue Hall

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